The singer, songwriter and actress Larissa Luz is a great exponent of contemporary black music. Born in Salvador, she began her career as a teenager singing rock and roll... With visceral attitude upon the stage, Larissa gained the attention of major producers and soon was invited to take the lead of one of the biggest Afro Music bands of the country: Ara Ketu. She recorded a CD and a DVD with them, both released by Sony Music, and toured throughout Brazil and to the United States. After four years as the lead singer of the band, Larissa decided to go solo and independently released the album MunDança, with her own songwriting and arrangements that brought references of Rap, Jamaican Music, Afro-Brazilian rhythms and Rock Music. She also accomplished partnerships and duets with artists such as BNegão, Russo Passapusso, Pitty, Di Mello, Letieres Leitte, among others.
One year later she started the tour of the concert titled MAQUINAFRO, created upon electronic reinterpretations of classic songs of the afro blocos from Bahia, which earned her the Caymmi Award for best female performer. In 2016 Larissa takes another step in her career by releasing her second album, fully self composed, supported by Natura Musical Program, “Conquered Territory”. The album, produced by Larissa in a partnership with Jr Tostoi, Peter Tie and Pedro Itan, brings an immersion of the artist into references of black female creators such as Nina Simone, Victória Santa Cruz and the writer Bell Hooks. “Conquered Territory”, an album marked by a rhythmic fusion that approaches Trap Music, Dubstep, Rap and Rock ‘n’ Roll within an Afro-Brazilian perspective that sprouted in Bahia in the form of Samba Duro, Ijexá and Samba Reggae, brings influences from the movements Afrofuturism and Afropunk, and features the guest artists Elza Soares and Thalma de Freitas. Still in 2016, Larissa was nominee in Latin Grammy Awards as best pop album.
In 2017, Larissa earned the Caymmi Award of best videoclip, with “Black Dolls”. She also travelled a lot arround Brazil and in September, was selected to perform in the Book Fair in Medelin, Colombia. She’s now planning the first international tour.