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Who is Claudia Leitte?

Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte will feature on 'We Are One', the official song for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil, together with Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez. But who is this blonde musician set to become an international star?

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Claudia Leitte, real name Cláudia Cristina Leite Inácio Pedreira, was born in São Gonçalo, in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro in 1980. She started singing in childhood and by the age of 13 she was already a professional singer.

Mostly singing in bars and trios electricos, those trucks equipped with sound systems and a music group playing for the crowds at Carnivals, Leitte finally joined Salvador-based axe music band Babado Novo as leading vocalist in 2001.

The popular music genre axé, started in the 80s in Salvador, Bahia, fuses different Afro-caribbean genres from Reggae to Calypso with the traditional Brazilian sonorities of Frevo, Forró and Carixada, and Babado Novo was a successful musical and artistic project that produced 5 albums and earned many prices to its members.

In particular Leitte was awarded as best female singer at the Carnatal awards in 2007 and nominated with the rest of the band for the 2007 Brazilian MTV Video Music Awards.

The following year, the now established axé singer announced the beginning of her solo career, which took more of a pop flavour and was launched with a live concert in Copacabana Beach where she performed in front of an amazing 700,000 strong audience.

Her first solo album, Ao Vivo em Copacabana was released in July 2008.

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With 3 albums and 15 singles in her discography, Claudia Leitte is enjoying media popularity in Brazil. She is also currently a judge on reality show The Voice Brasil, and mother of two.

We are sure this emerging Brazilian talent will not leave international public disappointed with her featuring on 'We Are One'- just wait and see!

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