The actress and singer Watusi, alias of Maria Alice Conceição, was born in Niterói, RJ, in 1952.
She was discovered by the producer Abrahão Medina, from TV Globo, in 1969, and soon, she was known in the artistic métier. From 1978 to 1982 she was the Moulin Rouge’s principal attraction, in Paris. She was the best paid "vedette" in Europe, receiving US$ 25,000 a month to sing and dance twice a day, seven days a week. She spent 13 years playing and singing on musicals through Europe. She shared the stage with artists like Gene Kelly and Ginger Rogers and her performance was appreciated by kings, magnates, sheiks and Hollywood stars, and was several times praised by important critics from European newspapers or magazines like Paris Match. Back to Brazil, she starred the musical Golden Rio, with Grande Otello, directed by Maurício Sherman, at Scala, a disputed show house owned by Chico Recarey. The show was on stage for 13 years and Watusi played for 1,500 days in a row, a record never achieved by any other Brazilian artist.
In 1995, Watusi released two CD’s. Then she stayed home for six months, depressed by a broken romance and an abortion.
The pseudonym Watusi is inspired on an African tribe known by the high stature of its people. Once, Watusi said to the magazine Raça Brasil, that she’s had a very hot affair with Robert DeNiro.
She has a little ranch in Mendes, 120Km from Rio, and an apartment in Copacabana, and she lives alone in both places.
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