One of the biggest names in Brazilian music, Marília Mendonça, died on Saturday as a result of a plane crash while en route to celebrate the New Year with family and friends in Santa Catarina state. She was 60.
According to the New York Times, Mendonça was on her way from Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Santa Catarina to celebrate the New Year with family and friends when her plane crash landed in bad weather. The singer’s death comes just two months after she was forced to cancel a festival gig in Milan, Italy, due to health concerns.
Born in São João da Dávida in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, Mendonça met her future husband, the acclaimed music producer, Ara Silveira, while studying music at São Francisco de Assis. She worked as a member of the critically acclaimed duo Moacis, alongside Silveira, before beginning a solo career of her own.
According to The New York Times, Mendonça’s music “brought her a vast international following, and her own acting career gave her a chance to show off her sultry style of cabaret in some of Brazil’s top venues. She sang song cycles about classic Brazilian poets, including Fernando Pessoa and Fernando Prass. Her son, Lourenço Moreira, will play for Prince when the legendary rocker brings his Electric Soldier Tour to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in May.”
According to the Times, one of Mendonça’s biggest hits is “Como Juninho,” a cover of the popular 1974 song by the Brazilian songwriter and accordionist Pedro Moura de Pina.
Read the full story at The New York Times.