Daniela Mercury

Decades: 1990s 2000s


Daniela Mercuri De Almeida Póvoas, 28 July 1965, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Singer-songwriter and producer Mercury is one of the main exponents of ‘sonido bahiano’, a style that combines the Brazilian music genres ‘axé’ and ‘samba reggae’. Building upon a foundation of percussive sounds, her work delivers an exuberant mix of upbeat Caribbean rhythms, African aesthetics and Western pop music, with innovation a guiding principle. She is also one of only two Brazilians to be honoured with an appointment to the position of ambassador for UNICEF.

Prior to her solo career, Mercury was a member of Banda Cheiro De Amor and lead singer with the pop band Companhia Clic. She also sang backing vocals for Gilberto Gil. Her debut album as a soloist was released in 1992. The lead single, ‘Swing Da Cor’, became a number 1 hit in Brazil, with the result that the untitled album quickly came to be known as...

Arrow Read the Full Biography of Daniela Mercury