Winner of two Latin Grammys and 16 Awards of Brazilian Music, Elba Ramalho began her musical experience playing drums in the ensemble "As Brasas," formed by only women. After 40 years in music, Elba continues to be among the greatest artists of Brazil. Her shows cover all audiences in big theaters, arenas, jazz festivals, forró festivals, carnivals, and rock festivals. Her unique voice has also been heard in major international venues such as Olympiá in Paris, The Blue Note in New York, the Brixton Academy in London, and the Montreaux Festival in Switzerland.
Born in the state of Paraíba, a part of the country constantly suffering from hot temperatures and dry weather, Elba began to get involved with art influenced by her father, a musician. Growing up in northeastern Brazil, she soon learned rhythms such as baião, maracatu, xote, frevo, pastoril, caboclinhos and forró, all very popular and typical of that region.
Elba justifies the immense reach of its public by the versatility of her work. Elba is a musical portrait of Brazil.