If you have walked into a Starbucks recently, chances are you have seen a CD by Brazilian singer CéU at the barista counter. Indie label Six Degrees Records and Starbucks Hear Music Have teamed to release CéU's self-titled debut album in the United States.
CéU's (pronounced "cell with a light L") full name is actually Maria do CéU Whitaker Poças, but she goes by the simple moniker CéU. It is a name that when translated into English means "sky" or "heaven." She is a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose music is primarily influenced by samba, Brazil's infectious rhythmic style. She gives it a contemporary flavor by blending it with hip-hop, jazz and soul to create a unique sound of her own. CéU got a taste of all these different genres when she lived in New York City and fell in love with singers like Lauryn Hill, Billie Holiday and Bob Marley.
The singer got a first taste of fame was nominated for a coveted
Download a guilt-free MP3 of "Ave Cruz" the only track on the album that was not produced by Beta Villares. This track got the soundboard treatment from Brazilian film composer Antonio Pinto.
Download CéU's "Ave Cruz" [MP3]