United by musical interests that include samba, funk, soul, blues, bossa nova, jazz and Spanish flamenco; Humberto Oliveira Sales and Madeline Holly Sales blend the melodic, rhythmic and harmonic riches from North and South America. Berto, native to Brazil, pursued a formal education in classical guitar. His knowledge of Brazilian rhythms and study of Spanish Flamenco add to the unique finger picking style he uses. Madeline brings with her the strong influence of soul, jazz and blues. She sings in Portuguese, English and Spanish. Her sensual, rich voice, playful interpretations, and strong stage presence make their combination extremely unique.
As a duo, they enrich their performances by including live percussion and vocal loops. With a full band, they get people out of their seats.
Madeline and Berto met and began playing together in Salvador, Brazil in 2002. Before relocating to the United States, they performed throughout Turkey in a number of all-inclusive resorts. As both performers and music educators, the duo has traveled with Enrichment Voyages (academically sponsored by the University of Virginia) around Central America, into the Amazon, and throughout the Caribbean. They continue to play concerts and festivals throughout the United States.
‘Time to Dream’ is the title of Beleza’s first album. It was recorded in Brazil and includes a variety of Brazilian gems, re-imagined jazz classics, and soulful blues. ‘Cookin’ with Flavour’ was recorded in Charlottesville, Va and features original soul and blues tunes, as well as Brazilian samba and samba reggae. ‘Just for Fun’ is exactly what it’s title implies - a compilation of tunes with whimsical themes that can be enjoyed by music lovers of any age.
Madeline and Berto are currently recording an album of original music that references the myriad of their musical influences - bossa nova, blues, soul, tangos, Spanish flamenco and more.
Beleza is available for private and corporate events as well as weddings, in addition to performing and teaching nationally and internationally.
Contact Beleza at info@BelezaMusic.com