RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian pop star Anitta has already achieved a great deal of success at the age of just 24 but says she still has many dreams left to achieve, including recording alongside Canadian rapper Drake and launching her own music festival.
“Drake would be a dream,” she said in an interview with EFE Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro, adding that she also would also like to work in the future with Puerto Rican reggaeton artists Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny and Farruko.
The only Brazilian woman to have appeared this year on Billboard’s Social 50 weekly ranking of the most active artists on the world’s leading social networking sites, Anitta already has collaborated with artists including Colombian reggaeton singers Maluma and J. Balvin.
She says working in the reggaeton genre is a way to offer something new to her fans in Brazil.
“Two or three years ago, I traveled to some Spanish-speaking countries to understand what type of music was popular in the market and what would be compatible with what my audience in Brazil was listening to. And I found reggaeton,” she said.
“I’ve always wanted to bring new things to my audience – in terms of music, collaborations and rhythms – and reggaeton was one of those opportunities,” Anitta said, adding that funk (prevalent in her music) and Latin styles have a lot of similarities.
The language difference is a significant barrier, she said, but not one that can’t be overcome with perseverance.
“The market will always prefer to listen to (music) in the local language, but if you persist and you show it’s possible they end up listening to what you’re playing,” the pop star said.
The recording artist says she has no plans at the moment for an international tour, adding that she first wants to focus on having her work more widely disseminated before giving concerts abroad.
Anitta, who was raised in Rio de Janeiro’s Honorio Gurgel neighborhood and currently lives in that metropolis’ exclusive Barra da Tijuca district, also said she had been drawing up plans for her own music festival in Brazil for some time, a project still without a fixed date.
“Yes, I’m planning on it. I’m arranging some things, but it won’t happen that fast, mainly because I’m forging my own career and other people’s careers at the same time. There are lots of things, so it’s not happening as fast as if that was all I was working on,” she said.