It's no wonder Brazilian singer Maria Rita is an eclectic bossa nova baby. She suckled from the breast of Brazil's all-time greatest female singer, the late Elis Regina, and she was raised by her father, pianist/composer Cesar Camargo. Considered a South American Norah Jones, Rita's music rocks like a tropical Sao Paolo lullaby. Her repertoire is a soothing combination of organic folklore and jazz, alternating between Brazilian classics and newer numbers. Last year, she was a three-time Latin Grammy winner, receiving awards for Best New Artist, Best MBP (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album, and Best Brazilian Song for her version of Milton Nascimento's "A Festa."
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Maria Rita performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Manuel Artime Theater, 900 SW First St., Miami. Tickets range from $35 to $40. Call 305-575-5057.