Borned in Rio de Janeiro,Jussanam ,grew up with the carioca Samba and Bossa Nova. Besides her singing, Jussanam became an actress in various novelas (soap operas) in Brazilian TV. In the play "Adoraveis Romeu e Julieta" she also became the first black Juliet ever in Brazilian theater. She also worked as dubber of movies and animations contracted by the Studios Herbert Richers for several years before to move to Europe.
Jussanam now lives in Reykavik in Iceland where she sucessfully collaborates with bassist Tomas Einarsson, one of Islands foremost Jazz musicians. She sang in Gothemburg in january 2009 as special guest of the shows "Brasilicum" by Harald Erici. 7th August 2010 she is participating with "Brasilicum" at Kalmar Festival in Sweden
She has been warming the Icelandic audience with her voice and the best of the brazilian music, with her’s Icelandic Band: Haukur Grondal(Sax), Asgeir Asgeirsson(Guitar),Thordur Hognasson(Contra Bass) and Erik Qvick (Drumms).
Her's first CD "Ela é Carioca" came out in 22nd october,in Salurinn-Kopavogur, this show was suported by Kopavogur City
Important Shows: - 17th june 2009,Icelandic National Day at Austurvollur -Reykjkavik - Mullin Jazz Klubbur -2009 - Arts Summer Festival in Akureyri 2009 - Meningarnótt 2009 - Kjarvalstaðir - Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2009 (with Agnar Már Magnússon)
Sweden- Kalmar Festival 2010 with "Brasilicum" By Harald Erici
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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."