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Xênia França is a talented singer-songwriter from Bahia, Brazil who navigates between jazz, electronica and pop with a bossa nova flair. Her sound is soft and sensual, shrouded in mystique and otherworldly energy. At the centre of an art scene concerned with reviving and disseminating African-Brazilian culture, this ‘force of nature’ has emerged as the voice of female empowerment. In January of 2020, Xênia made The New York Times’ list of the eight best performances at the 17th edition of NYC’s GlobalFest. The newspaper raved about a remarkable stage presence as Xênia’s volcanic and touching voice delivered songs about love, hope, transcendence and pride. The singer’s self-titled debut album was nominated in two categories for a 2018 Latin Grammy
Xênia seems to have delved into her innermost self in Em Nome da Estrela (In the Name of the Star), her first album in five years. On it, she expands on issues like silence, dreams and the soul in ten songs that make the listener reflect on the natural movements of life. Among the highlights are the opening track “Renascer”, the powerful “Dádiva” (composed by Luiza Lian) and the partnership with Rico Dalasam, “Já É”.
Xênia says, “The New Era has arrived. I feel like a butterfly fresh out of a cocoon. A phoenix after death. The first ray of sun to appear on the horizon after a great storm. I literally feel in another dimension.”