She’s that sensational Ro de Janeiro chanteuse.
Got your attention?
That’s precisely what Grammy-nominated Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto does: Grabs a hold of your attention and then knots her silken voice around it and won’t let go.
When she plays the famous Dakota Jazz Club at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, she’ll in some ways be celebrating a return to her recording career after a five-year hiatus.
Fans have missed her crazy-popular tracks. Gilberto is a cyclone of many things, at once sexy, synthetic, and high-energy, with just a brush of velvet and lace thrown in for good measure.
Her newest album, “Tudo,” for instance, blends harmonies, languages, and emotionalism, often within the same song.
Music, as well as sultriness, seems to be in her genetic code. Her parents, bossa nova legends Joao Gilberto and Heloisa Maria Buarque de Hollanda (known to her fans as the singer Miucha), inoculated her with music from a young age, and once she was old enough to jumpstart her own career in 1986, Gilberto has worked with an amazing array of artists, from Cazuza to Mike Patton.
And while she seems to speak exclusively in exclamation points, and given to pronouncements along the lines of, “I’m so eclectic, I needed one producer to translate it all,” Gilberto has fascinated audiences, becoming one of the best-selling stateside Brazilian artists in decades.
Recording and performing internationally, this is a chance to see Gilberto spin her lustrous web in person, and if that doesn’t get the marimbas going, maybe this will: Her special guest is famous Twin Cities DJ Brian Engel. His name equates to spinning rare vinyl plus Hipshaker, the rare funk and soul dance night, the funk/boogie/disco Worldwide Discotheque and the DJ collective Hotpants.