April 25, 2009
CenterStage invites you to continue to experience emerging woman artists again this year. Just when you think that Brazil must surely have exhausted its supply of irresistibly jazzy, funky, sexy, soulful electro-pop singer-songwriters, someone like CeU comes along and makes you think that maybe that particular well is bottomless after all. Her full name is Maria do Ceu Whitaker Pocas, but she goes by the simpler moniker CeU. It's a name that can be translated into English in a couple of subtly but significantly different ways. CeU means either "sky" or "heaven," depending on context, and either translation applies quite nicely in this case: think of her as "Sky" when you hear the soft blue clarity of her voice, or "Heaven" when one of her sweetly bubbling melodic hooks takes you by surprise and makes you shiver with delight. Want to hear the sound of CeU and her band?