just when you think that brazil must surely have exhausted its supply of irresistibly jazzy, funky, sexy, soulful electro-pop singer-songwriters, someone like ceu comes along and makes you think that maybe that particular well is bottomless after all. ceu translates from the portugese as 'sky', or perhaps 'heaven', and is the alias of maria do ceu whitaker poa, a brazilian singer-songwriter in her twenties. ceu's father is a violinist and musicologist who introduced her to brazilian composers such as heitor villa-lobos, but she also cites billie holliday and portishead as influences, and her five-piece band includes a dj. based in sao paulo, she mixes the concrete sci-fi jungle of that megalopolis - electronica with hints of scratchy junglism - with the light, breezy sensuality we expect from our modern brazilian chanteuses. less quirkily boho than her compartriot cibelle, with a more textured voice than bebel gilberto's, she's also more airily melodic than either of them. cannibalised afrobeat, funk and reggae (with a cover of a bob marley tune) are also thrown into the blender.

Ceu

Ceu

Album artwork for Ceu by Ceu
CD

£9.99

Released 07/04/2008Catalogue Number

6570361129

Ceu

Ceu

Album artwork for Ceu by Ceu
CD

£9.99

Released 07/04/2008Catalogue Number

6570361129

just when you think that brazil must surely have exhausted its supply of irresistibly jazzy, funky, sexy, soulful electro-pop singer-songwriters, someone like ceu comes along and makes you think that maybe that particular well is bottomless after all. ceu translates from the portugese as 'sky', or perhaps 'heaven', and is the alias of maria do ceu whitaker poa, a brazilian singer-songwriter in her twenties. ceu's father is a violinist and musicologist who introduced her to brazilian composers such as heitor villa-lobos, but she also cites billie holliday and portishead as influences, and her five-piece band includes a dj. based in sao paulo, she mixes the concrete sci-fi jungle of that megalopolis - electronica with hints of scratchy junglism - with the light, breezy sensuality we expect from our modern brazilian chanteuses. less quirkily boho than her compartriot cibelle, with a more textured voice than bebel gilberto's, she's also more airily melodic than either of them. cannibalised afrobeat, funk and reggae (with a cover of a bob marley tune) are also thrown into the blender.