Marília Mendonça, a 27-year-old singer and member of the Sao Paulo-based band Marília Aterciopelados, died in a plane crash in Colombia on Monday evening, the band’s manager said.
Two other members of the band were among 25 people killed in the plane crash near the town of Turbo in the town of El Dorado, Bolivian newspaper La Razón reported. The plane crashed on its approach to the town of La Union, the newspaper reported.
The members of Marília Aterciopelados were among the victims of the EL AL Dezembro Tupolev 137 plane crash in rural Colombia on Monday evening.
Formed in 2006, the band is known for its fusion of Afro-Colombian rhythms with jazz and blues. The group members included the Rio de Janeiro-born Mendonça, their sole female member, also known as Marvin Mendonça, their drummer Ana Lucia Zé, guitarist Giovanni Gonçalves and two other men.
“We are deeply saddened to announce the loss of our daughter and band member Marília Mendonça,” the band’s manager wrote on its Facebook page. “Marília was a deeply compassionate person. She was a most generous and committed band member. She cared and sacrificed for her bandmates and her fans. We will not forget our beautiful Marília and her extraordinary music.”
In an Instagram post, Brazilian singer Fernanda Ferreira, who was set to appear on the band’s next album, said she was having nightmares about the crash.
“I wanted to get home to her so much, but the situation is clear, I haven’t given up but I have never been so helpless. How can this event be unfolding before my eyes without me being there?” she wrote. “I would give my life for one of the band members.”
For many Brazilians, Mendonça’s was a name synonymous with Latin American funk music — much of it laced with Afro-Colombian beats.
“You are always in my memory. Unfortunately, we have lost a remarkable girl but even more for the music she created,” said Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella, a former minister of culture, on Twitter.
“Forever missed, Marília,” wrote fellow Brazilian singer Cindy Pan.
Marília made more than a dozen albums as a singer and a songwriter, and in 2012 won the Latin Grammy Award for best rock female artist.
The group released a statement saying Mendonça’s mother had also died in the crash. “This is the tragedy of the world,” it said.
Marília’s songs began in 2010 with the song “Gisue,” which was released after a close friend suffered a serious health crisis.
“It’s not a party until I am with you,” she sang. “This is why I give my life to you.”
The band, which began in 2006, published its debut album in 2011 under the name Marília Bomba.
Bolivian radio station SIRIARBABRA reported earlier on Monday that two Bolivian airline officials and their wives were on board the plane.
The Colombian air force said on its Facebook page that a plane carrying members of a Brazilian tour group had crashed in the country’s south.
The aircraft belonged to the airline REDjet, which is headquartered in Sao Paulo, but it was not clear where the passengers were traveling.
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