Owner of a distinctive, harsh voice (even if considering the conspicuous Armstrong mannerisms), Elza Soares is one of the most swinging samba singers, having appeared in 1959 with the samba Se Acaso Você Chegasse, and her first single, Mas Que Nada, A Carne, and other well-known samba songs. She was elected by the BBC London as "the singer of the millennium" in 1999. In 2007, Soares was invited to sing a cappella the Brazilian National Anthem at the opening ceremony of the 2007 Panamerican Games. In 2016, she performed at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she sang O Canto de Ossanha, a classic by Baden Powell and Vinícius de Moraes.
Septuagenarian Brazilian music icon Elza Soares teams up with the cream of São Paulo's avant-garde musicians for an album of apocalyptic, experimental samba sujo ("dirty samba") that tackles the burning issues of 21st century Brazil: racism, domestic violence, sex and drug addiction.
A Mulher Do Fim Do Mundo (The Woman at the End of the World) is Elza’s 34th studio album and her first to feature previously unrecorded material, exclusively composed for her. Voted "Best Album of 2015" by Rolling Stone Brazil, it was released to universal media acclaim by UK based label Mais Um Discos on June 10, 2016.
Elza was nominated for two Latin GRAMMYs in 2016. The song Maria Da Vila Matilde (Porque Se A Da Penha É Brava, Imagina A Da Vila Matilde) was nominated for Best Portuguese Language Song, and the album A Mulher Do Fim Do Mundo (The Woman at the End of the World) won the Latin GRAMMY for Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album.