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Maria Luiza de Arruda Botelho Pereira de Magalhães, best known as Mallu Magalhães or just "chiquita bacana", (São Paulo, August 29, 1992) is a Brazilian singer-songwriter.
Mallu used to search for LPs in her grandmother's house and had influence from her parents in her musical tastes. In 2001, she received her first guitar as a gift and two years later she began to attend classes. At twelve, Mallu began to compose her own songs, the majority in English. "It sounds better", she says. "I've always been shy to sing in Portuguese. Sometimes, you want to say things that need to be darker". But she says she is not too fluent, and always keeps a dictionary nearby to help her.
For fifteenth birthday, Mallu wanted her gifts in money, from her parents and grandparents. With this money, Mallu could record four songs and put them on the internet. "Tchubaruba" and "J1" were among these songs, and "Vanguart", a video. Soon, Mallu became a success on the Internet, recording videos and being interviewed by magazines, like Rolling Stone, and TV shows such as Minha MTV, Domínio MTV, Altas Horas, Programa do Jô and Faustão.
Her favourite bands and artists are Beatles, Belle and Sebastian, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, in addition to other similar musical styles.
Nowadays, Mallu is a cultural phenomenon in Brazil, being well known not only for its songs, but also for her polemical relationship with Marcelo Camelo, former member of the band Los Hermanos, who is 31 years old.
- 2008: Mallu Magalhães (Music Agency)
- 2008: J1 (Direction by Macau Amaral)
- 2008: Tchubaruba (Direction by Macau Amaral)
- Mallu Magalhães is at MySpace