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Formed in 1980 in a humble Salvador suburb, Ara Ketu has evolved from a Bloco Afro into an Axé band with an afro-pop sound. The band’s song, Bom Demais, not only won best carnival song in 1994, but propelled the band to national fame, and remains a Carnival classic to this day. In the late 1990s, the band had another huge hit, the samba-influenced song “Mal acostumado.” In 2009, Ara Ketu switched directions when the leader of the group, Tatau, left to start a solo career. The band is now led by Larissa Luz, a talented young singer who won best Cantora Afro in Carnival 2011.

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