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'Queen of Bossa Nova' on stage

THE "Queen of Bossa Nova" Lisa Ono - from Brazil and Japan - will perform next Wednesday at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center.

Ono, who recently performed for 2,000 fans in Beijing, tells Shanghai Daily she has high expectations for the show and will perform several Chinese songs with her band.

She will sing and play her guitar in the program that includes some Christmas songs as well as classic bossa nova, American country, Hawaiian, and other styles.

Ono will perform two classic Chinese pop songs, "Ye Lai Xiang" and "When Are You Returning?" for her encore.

She will also perform Canton pop king Jacky Cheung's "Blessing" ("Zhu Fu") in her own style.

This will be her third performance in Shanghai. She performed early this year at the International Jazz Festival, and she has been impressed by the audience.

"I am energized to perform when I know people in Shanghai like my music very much," says Ono whose music is often played in lounges and cafes.

"The shows in Shanghai left me with deep impressions. Fans are very friendly, it's a charming city and I like it very much. I'd like to learn more about it as it's still very mysterious," she says.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1962, Ono moved with her family to Tokyo when she was 10. She began performing in her father's Brazilian restaurant in Japan, mainly bossa nova and Brazilian samba.

Ono, who is also a song writer, released her first album "Catupiry" (a Brazilian soft cheese) in 1989 and has not stopped recording, releasing one disc a year, mostly in Portuguese and totaling more than 20.

"Nana" released in 1991 and the third album "Menina" recorded in Rio de Janeiro both won the Grand Prix award in Japan.

In career of more than 20 years, Ono incorporates multiple musical styles, including French and Italian.

"From the very beginning, singing, playing guitar and writing songs have been my favorite way to live, and to relax," she says.

Earlier shows have been outdoors in Shanghai so she looks forward to performing in the Concert Hall of the Oriental Art Center.

"It's a pleasure to perform in this excellent hall where I can be in closer contact with my audience," Ono says.

Her China tour also takes her to Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, and Nanjing, Jiangsu Province.

Date: December 23, 7:30pm

Venue: Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Rd, Pudong

Tickets: 180-1,280 yuan

Tel: 400-880-2340,5169-1234


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