Daniela Mercury will perform once again during Salvador da Bahia’s Carnaval, which starts tomorrow. For three decades she has been one of Brazil’s most popular recording artists; her performances at the 2010 Carnaval and 2011 in Los Angeles still stand out in my mind.

The video below is a great summary of Daniela Mercury’s career, passion and love for Brazil. She describes music as integral to the soul of her country, and she is certainly correct. I would say, however, that the various genres Mercury incorporates into her art, and her uncompromising advocacy for the arts and children, lift her as the soul of Brazilian music and culture.

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