I was browsing the Brazilian Youtube for some clips of a talk show host Sergio Groisman, when I came across this young singer who is having great success, due largely to the internet. I was introduced to her music last year via a secondhand recording and didn’t think twice until I saw a better, more professional recording today (which I put below). Special thanks to Janaina for passing along her video at some point in the past, which is what made me remember her unusual name. My guess? It’s a name you should definitely remember.
Maria Luisa de Arruda Botelho Pereira de Magalhães, best known as Mallu Magalhães, (São Paulo, August 29, 1992) is a Brazilian singer-songwriter.
Mallu used to search for LPs in her grandmother’s house and had influence from her parents in her musical tastes. In 2001, she got her first guitar and two years later she began to going to classes. At twelve years old, Mallu began to compose her own songs, the majority in English. “It sounds better”, she says. “I always was ashamed to compose in Portuguese. Sometimes, you want to tell things that need to be darker”. But she says that she’s not too good at speaking English and always has a dictionary at hand.
For her fifteenth birthday, Mallu didn’t want gifts but rather money from her parents and grandparents. With this money, Mallu recorded four songs and a video and put them on the internet. “Tchubaruba” (video below) and “J1” (second video below) were among these songs and “Vanguart”, the video. Very fast Mallu became a success on the Internet, recording videos and being interviewed by magazines, like Rolling Stone Brazil, and TV shows such as Altas Horas and Programa do Jô.
Her favourite bands and artists are the Beatles, Belle and Sebastian, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.