Maria Rita is a musical pioneer that was ahead of her time. Born in the southern inland of Brazil, in the mountains of Aparados da Serra. She started writing music at the age of 14, and through participation in festivals and song contests, she developed her material and sound. A move to Rio de Janeiro in 1985 furthered her career and led to the release of the 'Brasileira' album. The record features the legendary pianist Luiz Eça, alongside the group Uaktí and Ricardo Bordini.
The lead track 'Cântico Brasileiro No.3 (Kamaiurá)’ from Brasileira, sounds like it could be a contemporary remix from an artist like Carl Craig. It's a track that gained cult status with its inclusion on John Gomez's superb 'Outro Tempo' compilation, released on the Music From Memory label in 2017.