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Interview by DJ Guelas (


At the age of 17, Marcia Costa, better known in the music world as Chelsy Chantel, is a promising young star in the Portuguese-speaking music industry. Her self-titled debut album has been in stores since September of 2007 and it has made a huge impact in the music world. In this short, but informative interview, we uncover a bit more about this talented young lady, born in Portugal,
of Angolan ancestry.

Dj Guelas: How long have you been singing?
I've been singing since I was six years old but I'm only doing it professionally since 2007.

What kind of music did you listen to when you were growing up?
I've been listening to all types of music such as: Soul, R&B, Semba, Kizomba, and so many others.

Who were your influences?
My older sister. She always put me into the groove of Soul, R&B music. When I was a child I also used to listen to African music like Carlos Burity, Tito Paris, Lura -- introduced to me by my father.

Does your culture and heritage influence the kind of music you like and sing?
Yes, it does. Growing up in the African culture, gives you that special flavor, that rhythm, the typical swing of African music.

How were you discovered?
I had the opportunity to meet Nelson Freitas (my producer) last year [2007] in Aula Magna. He heard my voice; he liked it & signed me to his new label, Ghetto Zouk Music.

Who are your role models and who would you like to work with if you had an opportunity?
My role models are Yola Semedo, Nelson Freitas, Anselmo Ralph (from the African music scene) and Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Keyshia Cole (from the Soul/R&B world). I would love to sing with Yola Semedo. She's a great singer.

Who produced your new album?
This album was produced by Nelson Freitas for Ghetto Zouk Music, Mickey & Aniceto for M&N productions, who produced the hits songs "Ka Zanga" & "Meninas Bonitas" from Quatro+, Kaysha & Toetstar/Johnny Ramos.

What type of music can one expect to hear in this album?
This album sounds like Ghetto Zouk meets Afro-beat/Kizomba ... it's a combination of rhythms.

Who did you collaborate with?
The artists who collaborated on this album are Nelson Freitas, Nilton Ramalho of Quatro+, Loony Johnson, Kaysha, & Eddy Parker (whose 1st solo album SUPA STAR will be released on Ghetto Zouk Music soon!)

Did you write your own songs from the album? If not, is that something you would like to do in the future?
CS- No, I didn't. Nelson Freitas is the songwriter but of course, I would like to learn how to write my own songs. That way the songs would be even more personal.

What are your aspirations for your music career?
I want to keep developing my vocal skills and I would love to collaborate with other musicians & learn more about the music industry.

Are you still in school and if so do you study or plan to study music?
Yes, I'm in high school and I wanna get a degree when I go to university but it will not have anything to do with music even though I love music so much.

What would you like to say to young women like yourself who would like to pursue a career in music?
CS- Never quit your dream because if you work hard at it and you believe in your talent, no one can't hold you back.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our audience?
I really want to thank all the fans for their support, everyone that appreciates my work. You always give me the necessary strength to keep following this dream.

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