Don’t be fooled by the cover of Zona Sul’s Pure Love (Nagel-Heyer). The woman pictured there is not Zona Sul. She is Sophie Wegener, the vocalist for a German-based quintet that takes its name from the southernmost section of the Rio coastline, which includes Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Filling out the group are pianist Tizian Jost, guitarist Pedro Tagliani, bassist Sava Medan and drummer Hajo V. Hadeln. Wegener, the progeny of a French mother and German father, raised in Paris, London, New York and Munch, is as much a linguist as she is a vocalist. As evidenced here, she sings authoritatively in Portuguese, very respectably in Italian and French (particularly on her cover of the 1950s Henri Salvador classic “Dans Mon Ile”) and quite dreadfully in English.
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