Not many artists can say they’ve achieved some of what Brazilian musician, Anitta, has. At just 23 the singer has won multiple MTV awards, has been nominated for a Latin Grammy and even performed at an Olympics ceremony. Despite modern South American music still finding its way outside of its continent, artists like Anitta are pushing the vibrant sounds from Brazil and more to Europe and even further. Ahead of her show at the Royal Albert Hall on June 28th, we caught up with Anitta; talking Latin music, UK vibes and carnival. You can read the interview in full below.
You’ve been one of the most influential artists in trying to make South American music more global. How do you feel about the state of South American music today and can you see it getting bigger – particularly here in Europe?
Yes, it’s getting bigger especially because we have some great artists believing and producing good latin beats, like J Balvin, Maluma, Luis Fonsi, me and many others. It makes me really happy to see it getting recognition worldwide.
With this in mind, how would you describe your sound?
I started with funk music, but right now I would describe myself as pop with influences from many rythms like R&B, MPB, rap, hip-hop, reggaeton, EDM and trap.
You’ve collaborated with some huge artists, which artists would you love to collaborate with that you haven’t already?
There are so many artists I’d love to collaborate with. Drake, Dua Lipa, Beyoncé are some of the names.
Do you follow UK music, if so, whose music do you like and why?
Right now I’m in love with Dua Lipa’s voice. I’ve been listening to her album a lot. She’s a young strong female and has such an amazing voice.
You have such a huge social media following and have made it a point to be a positive role model for women e.g. choosing for “Vai Malandra” video to not be retouched. Do you feel it’s important for artists to be role models for their fans?
Yes. People talked a lot about my non-retouched video, but it should be something normal. People are not retouched in real life. I have cellulitis and most women also do. It’s important to show them they are beautiful, no matter the type of body they have.
What should we expect from you for the rest of this year and next year?
Good music! I have many songs of my own and also collabs coming up. You all can hope for good beats on the way.
Lastly, I’m looking to go to Rio carnival next year – which parties do you recommend?
You must visit the Sapucaí, where the carnival parade happens. It’s huge and such an amazing show! There are many others smaller parades on the streets of Rio as well, if you have time. In time, I’m in charge of one of those street parades, it’s called Bloco das Poderosas! You should come (laughs).
Anitta performs at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 28th June 2018. Tickets are available at LiveNation.co.uk