Fernanda Takai

Fernanda Takai

Biography

Best known as vocalist and guitarist for the Brazilian band band Pato Fu, Fernanda Takai began her solo career in 2007, when she released the album Onde Brilhem os Olhos Seus, with songs from the repertoire of singer Nara Leão. The album was critically acclaimed and won the award for Best MPB Record of the year by APCA (São Paulo Association of Art Critics).

Fernanda Barbosa Takai was born on August 25, 1971 in the city of Serra do Navio, in Amapá. Living since the age of nine in the city of Belo Horizonte, she began her career in music as a member of the bands Data Vênia and Fernanda e 3 do Povo, which never released albums.

In 1992, Fernanda Takai, John Ulhoa (who later became her husband) and Ricardo Koctus formed Pato Fu, one of the main references of Brazilian alternative rock. The group released several albums since 1993. In 2001, Time magazine included Pato Fu among the 10 best bands in the world (outside the USA), in a list that also included U2, Radiohead, Portishead, Aterciopelados and Sigur Rós. At the time, the American magazine pointed to Televisão de Cachorro as the best album of the group.

In 2009, with the success of Onde Brilhem os Olhos Seus, Fernanda Takai released a live record of the tour of this album, on CD and DVD. Entitled Luz Negra, this record also includes re-recordings of songs like "There Must Be an Angel" (Eurythmics), "Ordinary World" (Duran Duran) and "Ben" (Michael Jackson).

In addition to music, Fernanda Takai also began to write short stories and chronicles for newspapers, which were collected in the books "Nunca Subestime uma Mulherzinha" (2007) and "A Mulher Que Não Queria Acreditar" (2011).

In partnership with Andy Summers (The Police), the singer released in 2012 the album Fundamental.

In 2014, Fernada Takai released Na Medida do Impossível, an album that brought, in addition to re-recordings, her own compositions. Among them, tracks written with Pitty (“Seu Tipo”), Marina Lima and Climério Ferreira (“Quase Desatento”) and Marcelo Bonfá (“De um Jeito ou Outro”).

Na Medida do Impossível also has several collaborations on vocals, such as Zélia Duncan (“Mon Amour, Meu Bem, Ma Femme”,), Samuel Rosa (“Pra Curar Essa Dor”) and Padre Fábio de Melo (“Amar como Jesus Amou"). With production and arrangements by Roberto Menescal and Marcos Valle, in 2018, the singer released O Tom da Takai, an album in which she interprets songs by Tom Jobim.

In 2020, came out Será que Você Vai Acreditar?, an album recorded at his home during the COVID-19 pandemic and produced by John Ulhoa, who also played all the instruments.

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