Jazz meets soul on Xenia França’s debut LP

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“Paying tribute to the sounds of the black diaspora.”

Xenia França’s debut album, titled Xenia, is getting its first international vinyl release, this October via 180g and Disk Union Japan.

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When singer Xenia França moved to São Paulo as a teenager she originally pursued a career in modelling. However, as she began singing in bars she met Brazilian rapper Emicida and joined his 2010 album, Emicídio.

França has provided vocals to a number of bands and released her first solo album, Xenia, in 2017. A prominent member of Brazil’s art scene that aims to revive and spread Afro-Brazilian culture through music, Xenia features Portuguese vocals over jazz, samba and r&b-influenced rhythms.

Head here for more info in advance of its 18th of October release, check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist:

Side A

1. Pra Que Me Chamas?
2. Preta Yayá
3. Minha História
4. Miragem (Sem Razão)
5. Do Alto
6. Interlúdio – Garganta
7. Respeitem Meus Cabelos, Brancos

Side B

1. Perfeita pra Você
2. Tereza Guerreira
3. Destino
4. Reach the Stars
5. Nave
6. Breu

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