My Musical and Poetic Way to Scream!

Today is Brasil's Independence Day, and a perfect day to release Motivo. The song came out of my frustration with the Brazilian politics, and was the first song I composed in my ukulele. I showed it to Nando Duarte who graciously played in it, arranged and produced it. Coincidentally, on the day of the recording, my friend and flutist Rebecca Kleinman from San Francisco was in Los Angeles.  Nando created weaving flute lines on the spot, added Clarice Cast on percussion, and I laid down the vocals. All came to life in an afternoon in Santa Monica. 

The photo is by Caesar Lima.

Listen here! 


É, tenho motivos pra gritar

Sim, tenho motivos pra gritar

Mãe, tenho motivos pra gritar


Uma torrente enorme de tanta notícia

Mentiras abafadas, sobra covardia

Quem era tão Valente agora tem azia

Eu vejo o acanhamento dessa gente pia

Dando grana a Deus por uma ideologia


O Moro, a Dilma, o Temer e o Lula na cozinha

E o cozinheiro Cunha na patifaria

E o louco do twitter na selvageria

De primeiro mundo sem diplomacia


Tenho motivos...

Posso ficar aqui e reclamar da vida

Apavorar o povo e zombar da política

Agonizar na raiva e na antipatia

Mas não votei no homem e creio na alegria

De quem vê beleza nessa cantoria


Pre ser honesta sofro de um medo ancestral

Um mal que atinge a todo ser sentimental

Essa paúra aumenta quanto mais recuo

Eu sonho com penhasco enquanto encaro um muro


Se você não viu, nem aprendeu meu bem, então

Só vai repetir essa estrada cheia de ilusão

Que tal começar? Recriar a tal revolução? 

Na minha opinião, ela começa aqui no coração.

I updated the second verse towards the end of 2018:

Você e eu e todo mundo na cozinha

E na panela um monstro em banho-maria

Nós todos no debate da selvageria

Gentileza morta, vã diplomacia



Musicale in the Making by Kátia Moraes

Musicale in the Making by Kátia Moraes

Scene from the 7th Brazilian Heart Celebration at Kelman Theatre in Venice, California. From left: Natalia Spadini, Thalma de Freitas, Mariana Leite, Marcele Berger, Ana Gazzola, Nana Nuki, and Sonia Santos. 

Mistureba (Hodgepodge)

Mistureba (Hodgepodge)


 It has been an incredible journey since I moved to Los Angeles from Rio de Janeiro. I'm grateful and honored to have composed, recorded, and performed with generous and talented people with whom I've learned so much.


In reality, though, musicians are not the only artists who have enriched my life.


At the end of 2012, I started a nightly practice of drawing. Those drawings brought me to meet a special woman named Nancy Young from a non-profit called Art Trek, Inc.  Nan became my mentor, and she introduced me to one of the most fun ways to draw: blind contour. Blind contour drawing is a drawing exercise where an artist draws the contour of a subject without looking at the paper. In May 2017, during a trip to southern Florida, and after I had recorded two new songs in LA, I colored and decorated 15 blind contour drawings of my musician friends and decided to make a collection. The emotional abstract drawings made me see myself in my peers. With that in mind, I decided to combine the release of the new songs: “Mistureba” and “Arranhado,” with a drawing exhibition called, “Portraits of Peers – Me in Them.”



Mistureba is Brazilian slang and means “hodgepodge.” In this song I say I'm a mix of all human beings who came before me and the people who crossed my life so far. They all speak inside of me, from ancestors to teachers, friends, and even not so friendly human beings. 


"Who told me to quiet down? To get married, to wash and iron?

Who told me money would only bring me loneliness? 

Who told me to fight? Who told me to pray?

Who told me to go out there and make this world a better place so it would reflect back into my life? They all speak inside of me.



 I want to dedicate Mistureba to my family, friends, peers, and to whomever takes the time to be mindful and heartfelt – the basic steps to courageously change the inner world and, consequently, the outer world.


 I'd be very happy if you would join me on Sunday, September 24 at 8:30pm @ Blue Whale in downtown Los Angeles for a live show + drawing exhibition!

It'll feature João Pedro Mourão on guitar, Isaías Elpes on bass, Uziel Colón on keys, and Felipe Fraga on drums.

Special guests: Ted Falcon on mandolin, Nando Duarte on 7-string guitar, Clarice Cast on percussion, and actress Mariana Leite. 

Yes, I love surprises.

And I promise one for you.

Let's hug and kiss.  Live. ;-)


P.S.: The Mistureba video will be released on August 24. Stay tuned!


Blue Whale - Weller Court Plaza 3rd floor

123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite.301

Los Angeles, CA 90012  

(213) 620-0908


Me in Me

Inspiration - Brazilian Heart 2017

Here I am, looking at some of the books above my desk while writing to you... I LOVE reading autobiographies. It's a great opportunity to learn about our human condition. The stories inside of the stories inspire me to create the annual shows for the Brazilian Heart series, and bring wisdom and compassion into my life. 

I feel blessed for reading in Portuguese and English, and wish I could read in other languages. It takes a long time to grasp the details of a culture; the desires and behavior of human beings born in a different country. Said that, it was very exciting to know a little bit about Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald this winter, in preparation for writing the script of Brazilian Heart, a Celebration in collaboration with Mariana Leite and Deborah Edler-Brown. I also reviewed fases of Tom Jobim's life (he would be 90 years old this year), and added moving stories and quotes of all these artists among songs written by Cole Porter, Ivan, Lins, George and Ira Gershwin, Chico Buarque, Duke Ellington and Bob Russell, Dori Caymmi, and many other composers. The artists' words enchanted not only non-English speaking people from the audience, but the original people of this land who had the opportunity to be reminded how powerful their culture is, and what an important role they (we all) play in each other's life. 

It's a miracle how we pull together these shows with just one general meeting and two musical rehearsals. What a blessing to make magic on stage! And speaking about magic and miracle, the biggest one this year, was the presence of soulful dancer Laila Abdullah substituting my friend Nagodê who got injured. Lailah brought the soul of 1930's dance to the stage and embodied Ella Fitzgerald's early desire to express herself.  Like I said on the scene created to pay homage to Ella's Centennial: 

"One day I woke up and everything made sense. Ella is "she" in Portuguese. She wanted to dance and ended singing. Lucky us." 


Just finished Rita Lee, uma autobiografia! 

Just finished Rita Lee, uma autobiografia! 

Thank you one more time to my talented friends Ana Gazzola, Anna Beatriz, Catina DeLuna, Clarice Cast, Deborah Edler-Brown, Nana Nuki, Mariana Leite, Liz Kinnon, Marcele Berger, Natalia Spadini, Sonia Santos, Lailah Abdullah, Jorge Vismara, and Marcia Argolo. 

Thank you one more time to my talented friends Ana Gazzola, Anna Beatriz, Catina DeLuna, Clarice Cast, Deborah Edler-Brown, Nana Nuki, Mariana Leite, Liz Kinnon, Marcele Berger, Natalia Spadini, Sonia Santos, Lailah Abdullah, Jorge Vismara, and Marcia Argolo. 

A Celebration of the Brazilian Heart

A Celebration of the Brazilian Heart

Kátia sits down with scholar-artist Anna B. Scott to talk about future and past of Brazilian Heart, A celebration, opening at the Electric Lodge on March 3, 2017.