Italian singer and composer Mafalda Minnozzi‘s “Samba da Benção” is a magical piece of Afro-jazz fusion. Originally composed by the late Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell, this rearranged version is so enchanting.
In creating the soundscape, guitarist Paul Ricci worked percussionist Will Calhoun, who played the ensnaring udu drums. Mafalda then laid her vocals as guided by pianist Art Hirahara’s melodies. You can see the musicians’ performance in the accompanying, in-studio video.
Mafalda Minnozzi was born in Pavia, Italy. Starting out there, she later moved to Rio de Janeiro where she’s had a great career spanning over 20 years.
The vocalist has worked/appeared on various releases, and in the process, collaborated with the likes of Milton Nascimento, Leny Andrade, Andre Mehmari, Guinga, Hugo Fattoruso, Filó Machado, Martinho da Vila, Toquinho.
As a performer, she’s graced the stage at various bars and jazz festivals.
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