Monika Oliveira is a fresh and exciting vocal presence on the New York - Brazilian music scene today. This singer/songwriter was born in Belém/Pará and raised in Rio de Janeiro. She has been living and performing around New York City for over ten years. Monika’s voice enchants and entrances through her innate rhythmic feel and phrasing. Her musical experience extends from Jazz Festivals to clubs, TV, radio, film and Broadway. Growing up in Rio made Monika fall in love with Samba. As a good Carioca (native inhabitants of the city of Rio de Janeiro) she learned to sing and dance samba at an early age. So it is only natural, and about time, that she would embrace a samba project.