Chelsea Rose on Fôrça Bruta


There’s something magical and effortless about it. Jorge Ben’s voice is unlike any that I’ve heard – sometimes wild and gritty, and other times soft and soothing.

Even if I can only understand a few Portuguese words, his emotions and expressions carry across. Created during the dictatorship in Brazil, there’s an underlying melancholy in between upbeat rhythms and grooves.

I love an album with dynamics and this one sweeps me away with gorgeous string arrangements, heavy percussion, and an irresistible blend of samba, funk, and soul.

Every time I put this album on, I’m transported back to Brazil, where my heart soars over lush, green hills. Until I make my way back there, I’ll always return to this work of art.

Chelsea Rose’s “Fallin’” single is out now.


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