A veteran singer in the underground Brazilian music scene, Arícia Mess, born in Rio de Janeiro, has been delighting the Brazilian critics and audience with her swing and cheerful style of dance. In her process of creation, Arícia’s music comes with an attitude that mixes the spirit of underground music with a sort of politics and social issues.
Arícia had begun her professional music career in the early 90’s when she used to work with other artists. She has introduced a lot of brazilian musicians from the new generation into the brazilian music scene, as Pedro Luis, the leader of “Pedro Luis e a Parede”, band which Arícia was a cofounder. For a long period of time, all of the most famous Rio’s venues used to be crowded during her concerts. Since then, she has a special audience in all her concerts. Arícia’s first record, “Cabeça Coração”, was released in 2000 and covered all expectation of all her critics and public. In this album she recorded great hits as “Super Legal”, written by herself, and “O Homem dos Olhos de Raio-X”, written by Lenine and first released in her album. “Cabeça Coração” was enjoyed by the critics all over Europe and Japan.
The second record, as her first, will be a mix of black culture and its environment. About her music influences, as African rhythm, she says, “Just when I started to listen more music about African religious, the candomblé, I understood that the rhythm I was playing was samba”. Ariícia’s music can work together with all these rhythms without being an average music. All her african influences are part of Arícia, and everything work together when she is writing a song, as she says, “I think that all this candomblé culture and music, with all its religious aspects, is a way to connect our joy and the Earth.” Through her “soul voice”, Arícia transmits in her songs feelings and passions in such a natural way that she easily goes through ritual sings and electronic beats, the mythic and the contemporaneous. Arícia searches and tries a lot of combinations to compose her music and this is why every place she goes the audience feel that they have never listened to music like that.
“Queen of psyco-quilombolas, radical batuques…Afro-shock-chic”
Brazilian via soul and funk and with righteous black pride, Arícia sings in praise of the natural forces of womanhood, notably the Afro-Brazilian woman. In her own unique way, she recreates the links between Africa and Brazil. Aricia has a peculiar yet powerful, refined and captivating voice.
For Arícia, art is an offering, a way to lessen the sufferings of many, even the recently departed. Thus, her work is dedicated to and celebrates feminine divinities; the Indigenous and African women who inhabited this vast country and gave up their lives during decades of slavery and pain. If the ‘terreiro’ drums make the connection with the divine, then on the dance floor the experience is repeated with joy and abandon.
“Aricia Mess é mais. É massa. O terreiro contemporâneo urbano que inclui a suburbia tem em arícia uma das iolarixás favoritas dos deuses embriagados da dança. digo dança pois sua música nasce do movimento, mas não esquece as palavras. o poder das palavras, que escande uma a uma para quem quer e não que ouvir. e é cheia da carícia dos timbres. arícia é tão boa que nem jornalistas deslumbrados com divas conseguem atrapalhar: monta no dragão e leva são jorge na garupa. quem tem que ganhar a vida quer lá ser diva? seu lugar é o lugar das guerreiras luminosas, transcendentais, transparentes em meio ao lodo. é densa, por isso pode assustar os assustados por incultura e natureza-morta com o que precisa ser deschavado, com o que não vem com bula. essa nega bole, bole muito, bole bem. e já faz tempo. é referência no balacubaco do barraco barroco brasiliricolérico, que não está aqui de brincadeira. façam fila pra tomar a bênção, mas paguem ingresso que o aluguel subiu.”
1998 – Far Out Label (London) Super Legal
Single 2007 – Curve Music Digital (London)
2000 – Far Out Label (London) Super Legal – Friends From Rio – Compilation
2000 – Orbita Music Label (Rio) Cabeça Coração CD
2000 – Nippon Crown Label (Japan) Cabeça Coração CD
2003 – Putumayo Label (New York) Tentei – Global Soul Compilation