Maria Bethania was a great star in 1970s Brazil. Sister of the well-known musician Caetano Veloso, she led the 'tropicalista' musical movement of protest in her country along with her brother and Gilberto Gil, and came to be known as the 'Greta Garbo' of Rio. These days she is known as Abelha-rainha, or Queen Bee.
|The backing singers giving their all.|
There were far few people in the audience than on opening night and the evening was best summed up by a visitor who suggested it might have been a better idea to put this aged 'star' on at the Batha Museum (if she had to be there at all) and have the scintillating Elena Ledda Quintet at Bab al Makina.