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June 20, 2008

Singing From The Slums


The voice of Virginia Rodrigues is often described as "celestial'. Yet despite her worldwide fame, she's never forgotten her roots: she grew up in a slum in Salvador, Brazil. She did odd jobs, including a stint as a manicurist.

Virginia also sang in Protestant and Catholic churches while growing up, although she's not Christian. She practices an Afro-Brazilian religion called cadumblé and she draws on the African roots of her heritage for much of her music.

That heritage also includes racism: even today, security guards follow her around local malls. But as she tells Dick, she lives to sing and still does her own nails.

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