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Maria Rita in Lapa

By Maíra Amorim, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – Despite the fact that Maria Rita is the daughter of Elis Regina, one of Brazil’s greatest singers of all time, she claims she never wanted to be compared to her mother, who died from a cocaine overdose when Maria Rita was only five.

However, when she moved to the USA and graduated in Communication and Latin American Studies, she soon discovered she could no longer fight her desire to sing and decided she would also become a singer. “I realized I would go mad if I didn’t sing,” she . . .

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