You do not need to understand Portuguese to appreciate the innovation, energy and passion that Daniela Mercury infuses into her music. Watch the making of this song and accompanying video, Cheia de Graça (Full of Grace) to understand the gifts Daniela gives to global music. Her tireless advocacy on the behalf of her beloved Bahia, indigenous cultures, social change and the arts of all genres is why this site showcases her work on a regular basis.

And in case you forgot about Rio+20, it’s important to remember that Daniela was one of the few bright spots of this past summer’s UN conference in Brazil.

Photo of Daniela Mercury in Los Angeles courtesy Leon Kaye.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.