Beth Carvalho was a Brazilian samba singer, musician, and composer. With a career that spanned 50 years filled with multiple acclaimed recordings, Carvalho was known as the "Godmother of Samba" and a historical figure in Brazilian culture. In 2009 she was recognized with a Latin Recording Academy® Lifetime Achievement Award and at the 13th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® she received a Latin GRAMMY® for Best Samba/Pagode Album for Nosso Samba Tá Na Rua. Carvalho helped bring underrated composers the recognition they deserved, becoming a driving force in the modernization of samba in the '80s, while preserving its roots. As a philanthropist and activist, she founded various schools to teach samba and used her lyrics to bring awareness of social issues such as poverty and indigenous rights. Our deepest condolences to her family, friends and music lovers during this difficult time.
Gabriel Abaroa Jr.
The Latin Recording Academy