Xênia França • IN-PERSON

Xênia França • IN-PERSON

Friday, May 6, 2022 . 7PM & 9PM
Photo by Filipa Aurélio

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Brazilian singer Xênia França mixes tenderness and grit, resolve and romance in songs that sprint through samba and drift through soul, nod to electronica and nestle into balladry. Latin Grammy-nominated Xênia is personally and politically charged with songs that demand respect for her and for her time. Backed by a band as deep and dynamic as her voice, França is a live powerhouse, able to challenge and thrill in the space of a single song.

Born in the coastal state of Bahia, França relocated to São Paulo to be, as she remembers, her country’s Gisele Bündchen. She discovered her leadership and voice for black roots pride as lead singer of Aláfia, a kaleidoscopic big band that channeled funk, hip-hop and traditional Brazilian sounds into vibrant anthems. Over the years, França has become a beacon of female empowerment, especially among black women.

The Clarice's Visiting Artist Series is committed to providing extensive campus and community engagement opportunities that extend academic learning and cultural opportunities. As part of the 2020-21 season, França co-hosted an Arts Citizenship Talk (ACTnow) and presented an artist talk about their new work.

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