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Badi Assad

Badi Assad

 

Born in Sao Joao da Boa Vista, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Badi Assad embarked on her musical journey at the age of fourteen, studying guitar under the guidance of her father Jorge and her brothers Sergio and Odair, known as the world-renowned Duo Assad. Her passion for singing was ignited by her mother, Angelina Assad’s remarkable talent. In 1984, Badi clinched victory at the Concurso Jovens Instrumentistas (Young Instrumentalists Contest) and pursued further guitar studies at a conservatory in Rio de Janeiro in 1985. She showcased her multifaceted skills in 1988 with the creation of Antagonismus, a solo piece where she displayed her abilities as a guitarist, singer, actress, and dancer. The release of her debut album, Danca dos Tons, in 1989 marked the beginning of a prolific career. Over the years, Badi graced numerous prestigious festivals alongside acclaimed artists like Hermeto Pascoal, Milton Nascimento, Pat Metheny, Francoise-Emmanuelle Denis, Mike Stern, Dori Caymmi, and the Duo Assad. Her partnership with Chesky Records in 1994 led to the release of Solo, her first album with international acclaim. Subsequent albums like Rhythms earned her accolades such as Best Classical Guitar Album from Guitar Player readers and Best Classical Guitarist from Acoustic Guitar. Badi’s music has been featured on NPR, television, and stages worldwide, captivating audiences with her captivating performances at festivals and concerts across the globe.

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