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2019 INTERNATIONAL PORTUGUESE MUSIC AWARDS
IPMA is an annual music awards show that recognizes outstanding achievement in the music industry by artists of Portuguese ancestry.
From Angola, M’Vula, an African rock band celebrating their 10th year as recording artists. In 2015, they opened up for Xutos e Pontapes in Angola, and in 2016, they were nominated in the IPMA rock category. This past June, they signed with the Sony Portugal music label.
From the United States, Rebecca Correia, a Massachusetts-based, veteran singer-songwriter with over 200 songs to her credit. She co-wrote a song with four-time Grammy-winner Keb’ Mo’ who’s album was nominated for Best Americana Album at the 2015 GRAMMY Awards.
From France, Cordeone, a French-born Portuguese musician who after studying to learn accordion at the age of 9, went on to teach himself to play piano, classic guitar, Portuguese guitar, Brazilian percussion, drums, and the bass. His unique style borrows from Jazz, Fado, Brazilian music, Funk, Reggae and hip hop.
From Portugal, Sam the Kid, a Portuguese rapper and producer, considered to be one of the most important names of Portuguese hip-hop. This rap icon has been praised by critics since his first album in 1998 and has participated in projects such as “Orelha Negra” and “Mundo Segundo & Sam the Kid”.
From Brazil, Roberto Leal, recipient of the first-ever IPMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, he is one of the most popular singers among the Portuguese communities worldwide. He has sold more than 17 million albums, and has received 30 gold and 5 platinum records.
From Portugal, Rita Guerra, who started her recording career in the early 90’s and went on to make a name for herself on the stage of the famous Casino Estoril. She has been featured in Portuguese soundtracks of animated films such as “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid”. In 2003, she represented Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest.
From Portugal, João Pedro Pais, a singer-songwriter who released his debut album in 1997 and is now celebrating a 20-year career with 420,000 records sold to date. In 2004, he performed at the first edition of the Rock In Rio Festival in Lisbon, sharing the main stage with some of the greatest names in pop music, such as Britney Spears and Black Eyed Peas.