Brazilian Singer 'Rakell' Ready Fi Di Dancehall Vibes"

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Rakell_Brazil-SeanPaul_ElephantMan_Rihanna-Dancehall.jpgRaquel Sa was born on February 17th 1983 in Fortaleza, Brazil to musician parents. At a very early age it was evident that she shared the same passion that emerges from the various styles of the Bossa Nova, the Samba and the Timbales of Salvador Bahia, among others. At just 8 years old, Raquel formed part of a dance troupe made up of her sister and two cousins.

The group performed with great success in several contests mainly those of the Lambada: a style of dance that was sweeping Brazil at that time. At the age of 14 she began to contribute more significantly to her musical foundation by joining local singing groups and doing live performances. It was this exposure to a vibrant public that convinced her of her future life as a star.

At the age of 17 Raquel moved to Barcelona with her family, balancing studies with music and dance, still participating in local dance groups when possible. On her first trip to Jamaica in 2003, she fell in love with the music and the culture of Dance Hall. During this period she was introduced local producers and Djs that were impressed by her singing and dancing ability.

Thus was born the idea to create a unique and contagious sound based on the fusion of Hip Hop, Dance Hall and Brazilian drum beats. Raquel is currently living in Kingston, Jamaica where she is continuing her voice training in preparation for the recording of her second demo. New demo coming soon!!

Influences:
The people who have influenced me and my music are first My Mother, My Father, Brazilian artistes (Ivete Sangalo, Daniela Mercury, Carlinhos Brown, Gabriel Pensador, Tribo de Jah, Timbalada, Marcelo D2...) and Jamaican artistes such as Tessanne and Tami Chin, Luciano, Busy Signal, Capleton, Lady Saw and Beres Hammond among others. Also Beyonce, Shakira, HIM............. I love music...

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