Maria Bethânia Viana Teles Velloso (born June 18, 1946 in Santo Amaro da Purificação, Bahia), known by her stage name Maria Bethânia, is a Brazilian singer-songwriter. Her brother is the singer Caetano Veloso.
Her career began in 1965 after moving to Rio de Janeiro. She made her debut in the show Opinião. The same year she signed a contract with RCA Records and released her first album: Maria Bethãnia. In 1978 she was the first female singer in Brazil to have sold over a million CD's with her album: Álibi.[source?]
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- Official Website (in Portuguese)
- Revista Veja - A nação das cantoras (in Portuguese)
- All Music Guide profile