A dark haired Brazilian beauty is every man’s dream of a great night out and that’s just what they’ll get when FERNANDA TAKAI hits Canberra town.
Better known as the frontwoman of alternative pop rock band Pato Fu, Takai is taking time out of her busy band schedule for a fly by tour of Australia. The Brazilian songstress will be at The Playhouse Theatre in Canberra for one night only on Tuesday April 19.
Her dulcet tones will serenade the audience with some of her originals as well as interpretations of hits from Michael Jackson, The Eurythmics, Duran Duran and the Brazilian classic Insensatez. When pressed, Takai describes her music as soft pop bosa but says music is hard to define. “I’m not very fond of labels, especially since diverse music cannot be categorised.”
The 39-year-old of Brazilian and Japanese descent began singing at 15 when she formed her own band, but has been professional since 1992 as the lead vocalist for Pato Fu. Since 2007 the songstress has been balancing Pato Fu and her solo career, as she refused to give up a band that “still makes me happy” but, wanted to branch out into other styles.
“The solo career gives me the opportunity to communicate with audiences that maybe wouldn’t listen to the music we make as Pato Fu.”
A tour of Oceania was too good to pass up despite a busy tour schedule with Pato Fu, especially because she has never stepped foot on Aussie soil.
“It’ll be my first time. We are so far away from each other but Australia is a country I’m very excited to visit.”
Despite having little time to see Oz, Takai has clear musical goals and a plan to return and visit the shores of Lake Burley Griffin once more.
“I hope to establish a connection with those who like Brazilian music and are open to some different approaches to it. I would also like the visit to form the foundation for a long term relationship with Australia so that I will be able to return again soon.”
The evening with Fernanda Takai is far from a selfish attempt to display her solo talent; it will benefit those affected by the recent disaster in Japan, with part proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross. Having family and friends in the earthquake ravaged country made the tragedy even more poignant for Takai. “It really broke my heart watching those scenes on television. I contacted everyone I know over there and they are all fine.”
Head along to an unusual gig that will open your mind and you’ll also be opening your heart to help a country devastated by Mother Nature.
Fernanda will be performing at the Playhouse Theatre on Tuesday April 19. Tickets are just $40, get them now from www.canberraticketing.com.au.