Marília Mendonça died this Friday in a plane crash. One of the most recognized artists in Brazil, feminist icon and winner of a Latin Grammy in 2019. He lost his life at 26 years of age. Mendonça, known as the “queen of suffering” for her melancholic and profound style, passed away at the height of her artistic career, which began when she was a child, writing lyrics for successful compositions.
The fall of the plane in which he was traveling ended his life and that of the other four occupants who accompanied him: his producer Henrique Ribeiro, his uncle and advisor Abicieli Silveira, as well as the pilot and co-pilot of the plane.
The accident occurred around 3.30pm local time (6.30pm GMT), when the aircraft crashed over a rocky area near a waterfall, in the town of Piedade de Caratinga, in the state of Minas Gerais (southeast).
The first line of the investigation opened to clarify the causes of the tragedy points to the fact that the plane collided with some high tension cables before hitting the ground, just two kilometers from the runway.
The singer had planned to offer a concert tonight in Caratinga, about ten kilometers away from the accident site, in front of 8,000 of her fans.
According to released images, the aircraft, a Beech Aircraft model and which had all the papers in order, according to the Brazilian authorities, fell into an area difficult for rescue teams to access due to the steepness of the terrain and the water that descended at high speed.
Icon of the “woman”
In recent years, Mendonça has become a reference for contemporary Brazilian music, especially Sertaneja music, one of the most popular styles of the South American giant that revolutionized with various themes on female empowerment.
All this transformation of a genre until then dominated by men and joined by other Brazilian singers, led to the creation of the genre “feminine”, in which women are the protagonists.
Born on July 22, 1995 in the municipality of Cristianópolis, in the state of Goiás (center), Mendonça began composing when she was just 12 years old..
At that young age he wrote songs like “É Com Ela Que Eu Estou”, “Até você voltar” and “Cuida Bem Dela”, which became popular in the voices of other artists.
In 2016 he began to emerge on the Brazilian music scene with the launch of his first album, which he named after him and included hugely successful songs, such as “Saudade do Meu Ex”, “Folgado” and “Infiel”, this last song was the most sung and played of that year in Brazil.
The following year he published his second work, “Realidade”, which has already earned him a Latin Grammy nomination, but it was not until 2019 that he won the prestigious award in the category of Best Sertaneja Music Album for his project “Todos os Songs ”.
Mendonça received this recognition when she was pregnant with her son Léo, who will be two years old in December.
The renowned artist was currently resuming her concert schedule after the stoppage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused almost 610,000 deaths in Brazil.
Upheaval in culture, sports and politics
The unexpected loss of Mendonça It has generated a torrent of reactions from the world of culture, politics and sports in the country.
The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, said that the “entire country” is “in shock” by the death of “one of the greatest artists of her generation, who with her unique voice, her charisma and his music won the affection and admiration of all ”.
Former progressive president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the greatest political antagonist of Bolsonaro sent his condolences “to the relatives and millions of followers of the music, the charisma and the irreverence” of Mendonça.
Reputed Brazilian artists with the singer Anitta or the singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso They also expressed their sadness on social media. “One of the nicest women I’ve ever come across in my career,” Anitta said. “I’m crying. I can’t believe it, ”said Veloso, one of the greatest exponents of Brazilian Popular Music. (MPB).
The same reaction had the Brazilian striker Neymar, a Paris Saint-Germain player, who also refused to acknowledge what happened. “I refuse to believe it, I refuse,” said the Canarinha star.
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