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A long-time fixture of both the American and Brazilian music scenes, either as

collaborator with NY guitar legend Yonatan Gat, or as co-founder of São Paulo

psych-funk combo Garotas Suecas, Sessa debuts his solo work for the first time in


His songs are sung in Portuguese, with visceral, sexual lyrics in the vain of Caetano

Veloso and melodic flourishes not unlike those of Jobim. However, the music gets a

deliberate minimalist treatment rarely found in contemporary Brazilian music, more

reminiscent of the understated directness of Leonard Cohen or Devendra Banhart's

early work.

Sessa's concerts are already stuff of legend in Brazil, as he takes the stage

accompanied solely by female background vocalists and Afro-Brazilian percussion.

While the songs often deal with subjects such as the sensual body in times of digital

excess, the music points to new, more subtle directions for World pop in 2019 – a deep,

minimalist, almost insinuated use of the endlessly rich textures and rhythms that defined

the songwriting history of Brazil – one which Sessa now joins as one of the most

promising new voices.

HOMETOWN: Sao Paulo, Brazil