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Biography (EN)

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Rita Braga (Lisbon, 1985) is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She performs songs in over 10 languages, both solo and collaboratively.

Over the last decade she has performed in numerous clubs, theatres, art galleries and festivals across Europe, the US, Brazil, Australia and Japan, alongside composing soundtracks for animated shorts and TV commercials. She graduated in Music Sciences at The New University of Lisbon, and completed the MA Performance Making at Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2019. She has also worked as a visual artist, doing illustration and animation.

Bird on the Moon (Lunadélia Records, 2018) reveals her idiosyncratic and sometimes eerie pop compositions. It was listed as one of the “Top 15 records featuring ukuleles” on The Wire magazine (November 2019). Mark Barton described it on The Sunday Experience as “a world teased with a childlike surreal innocence, both spectral and minimalist, populated by a playful alchemy whose somewhat casual absent mindedness charms and chimes with a crooked and kooky allure. Reference wise, Ms Braga shares a kinship with the Space Lady, both operating in a sparse pop purist medium that draws its lineage back to Silver Apples”. The album was re-released in Japan by Moorworks In October 2019, together with an extensive tour in Japan.

She has previously self-released Gringo in São Paulo (2015), an EP comprised of original songs written and recorded whilst living in Brazil, and her critically acclaimed debut album Cherries That Went To The Police (2011), a reinterpretation of songs from all over the world (produced by Bernardo Devlin).

In 2016, during a 2 month residency in Graz, Austria, she wrote and performed the sci-fi minimal ukulele pop operetta A Quantic Dream. The show combined a dream sequence, astrophysics, burlesque, animation and light hearted existencialism, moving her artistic practise towards the realm of DIY musical theatre and increasingly hybrid performances.

Braga represented Portugal in EurNoVision 2016, an annual release of underground European artists, and she was one of the ukulele artists integrating the cd Songs for the Sea: Ukulele Sirens (2017). Since entering an international music circuit dedicated to the ukulele, she has headlined the Melbourne Ukulele Festival in Australia (2018) and Kukulele in Finland (2019); other performances include the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival (UK), Ukulele Hooley (Ireland), the Czech Ukulele Festival and the Polish Ukulele Festival.

Her collaborations, both live and recorded, include work with The Legendary Tigerman, Martha Colburn, Dorit Chrysler, Mary Ocher, Victor Coyote, Borts Minorts, Bernardo Devlin, Presidente Drógado, Felix Kubin and Ian Svenonius.