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Who is Margareth Menezes, Lula's new culture minister in Brazil?


The new president, who will take office on January 1, has taken on a samba and Afro-pop icon who has worked with Jimmy Cliff in particular.

After Gilberto Gil and Ana de Hollanda, it is once again an eminent representative of the world of Brazilian music who will defend culture in the future government.

Brazilian singer Margareth Menezes has announced that she has agreed to become Minister of Culture under President Lula da Silva, who will take office on January 1.

Another signal sent by the left back to power: this portfolio becomes a ministry in its own right when it had been entrusted to a simple secretary of state under Jair Bolsonaro.

Margareth Menezes is the first woman and first black person appointed to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's new government, following the announcement of five white men as ministers last week by Brazil's new president.

Margarethe Menezes, born in Salvador de Bahía on October 13, 1962, is a symbol of celebration in Brazil and of what best represents it: carnival.

His name had already been buzzing for a few days in the press and in Brasilia.

Recognized as a great singer, she began her career as an actress in the 1980s, notably playing in


by Menotti del Picchia and

Inspetor Geral

by Nikolai Gogol.

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But her warm voice which gave national and then international recognition to the Bahian artist at the end of the 1980s. She perfectly embodies and interprets



Divinity of Egypt

), a Carnival classic in the country.

She then becomes for the people of Brazil a perfect symbol of the synthesis of samba, reggae and World Music.

At the same time, she recorded a record that would mark her career with Jimmy Cliff, then at the height of his glory.

In the 1990s, his international career took off.

She sings in the group of David Byrne, an ex-voice of Talking Heads.

In recognition, she will be nominated for the Grammy's Awards.

Now Margarethe Menezes is one of the greats.

They sing with star guitarists: Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin, Ron Wood, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil.

Since 2000, this Brazilian Afro-pop icon has recorded her greatest success:


by Carlinhos Brown.

With his arrival at the post of Minister of Culture, it is the spirit of Salvador de Bahia that comes to support the new presidency of Lula.


sung by Margareth Menezes

Source: lefigaro

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