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The singer who made a name for herself at age 15 with her stripped-down cover of Johnny Cash’s ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ has gone through a metamorphosis. Mallu, now more womanly and more sharply focused on her Brazilian roots, presents the samba and bossa nova-based songs from her third album, Pitanga (the name of a Brazilian cherry-like fruit), at SESC Vila Mariana.
The singer and songwriter, who appears on the cover of her album without her last name Magalhães, shows her mature side in songs like ‘Velha e Louca’, ‘Olha Só, Moreno’ and the mournful bolero ‘Cena’. Mallu sings in a refined Portuguese, despite her habit of inserting an occasional bit of English, as is the case with ‘In the Morning’ and ‘Lonely’. Whatever language she chooses to sing in, Mallu’s voice remains as sweet as a ripe pitanga.