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June 20, 2008

Singing From The Slums

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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