A Musical Journey
Born in Portugal, Amália Baraona grew up in Brazil and her music is a celebration of her upbringing and formative influences, in particular from Bossa Nova...
Amália began her musical career in Brussels in the 90s, but it was in the Balkans where she has been living since 2003 that her music took off.
In Tirana she worked with Albanian pianist Gent Rushi and met Italian jazz guitarist Guido Di Leone, with whom she recorded her first album "Mulheres" released in 2010 for the Italian label Four Records. With arrangements by pianist Bruno Montrone, "Mulheres" proposes a poetic digression on women through Brazilian popular music.
Later that same year, she started an extensive correspondence with Brazilian guitarist, composer, arranger and producer, Roberto Menescal, one of the icons of the Bossa Nova movement, which led her to recording a tribute to Menescal’s music in 2012. The album "Menescantando" features a fine international band and Menescal himself who guests on two tracks.
2015 marks the launch of Amália's 3rd album "3 Mundus". Recorded in Skopje, the album was inspired by three musical worlds connected by three guitarists, and it is indeed the sound of the guitar the protagonist of the entire album with Petrit Çeku, Toni Kitanovski, Dinko Stipaničev, beautifully complemented by the accordion of Gent Rushi, thus creating effectively the path for Amália's voice.
Following a career break, Amália comes back in 2022 with a new project "Everyday a Little Love" co-produced by Toni Kitanovski, singing songs mainly by João Donato, featuring wonderful musicians from Serbia, Croatia, North Macedonia, Albania and Brazil. To be followed...