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Santamaria is a Portuguese project which features 2 boys : António ''Tó'' Lemos (producer, composer, songwriter), born 3rd January 1973, Luís Marante (composer, rapper) born 10th February 1981, Lucas Junior (composer, co-producer, DJ, rapper) and 3 girls : Filipa Lemos (vocalist) born 12th August 1978, Magda Monteiro (dancer and background-singer) born 29th July 1982, and Diná Real (dancer and background-singer), born 12th November 1975. Their distinctive touch is the combination between Filipa's vocals and electronic sounds. They sold so far more than 800.000 worldwide, but their success remains limited mostly to Portugal and Spain.
Their style evolved with time, from very nice eurodance (first albums) to more recently eurotrance and a little bit hands-up. In 1999, they even did a duet with Whigfield. They also covered Lasgo's single Something.
All albums were released under the label Vidisco. Santamaria did not seem to release any real singles (no vinyls or CD maxi), but some of their songs appeared on compilations and they shot many videos, which can be considered as singles.
1998 : the group released their first album, entitled Eu Sei Tu Es.
1999 : Their second album Sem Limite was very succesful contributed to make of Santamaria one of the most famous portuguese groups ever. The album contained the duet with Whigfield in a portuguese/english remake of Happy Maravilha.
2000 : the third album Voar had less success than the previous one.
2001 : Reflexus the 4th album was released as special edition with 3 new tracks (from the normal edition) and an interactive track (with lyrics, videoclips and other extras)
2002 : they decided to make a pause during which Filipa got married and had a baby.
2003 : the album Boogie Woogie, a sort of best of, included also a DVD with all Santamaria's videoclips as well as an interview. It did not sell as well as expected.
2005 : Santamaria released a new album entitled 2 Beat. It entered the sales charts at #11 and went up to #9.
2006 : they released theire eighth album, simply entitled... 8. A best of CD including a DVD of their videoclips shortly followed. They left their former records company Vidisco and got signed under La Spacial.
2007 : Elements was the title of their new album. A new member joined them, DJ Lucana.
2008 : their new album Virtual was released in June. Then, they released a live DVD in October that was recorded during the concert of August 8th in Porto, which went back on their 10 years of carreer.
2009 : Santamaria released their new album Xplosion in July. It hit the Portugese charts, reaching #8 this summer. The first song to be taken from their tenth album is called Eu sem ti... (Alma perdida), followed by Na alma do amor. In October, Xplosion was awarded platinum.
2010 : in spite of their fans' wishes, they won't be competing Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Filipa Lemos confirmed that a new album would be released arouns June.
Thanks to Klems and Gonçalves
The biography was last updated Wed, January 27th 2010
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Latest Santamaria news
19/03/2012 : Discover the videoclip of Santamaria's current single Let's Go To Afrika. Their new album Let's Dance was released today.
17/03/2012 : Santamaria's new album is entitled Let's Dance!.... It will be released on March 19th.
08/02/2012 : Santamaria released a (too short) teaser for their forthcoming album.
17/12/2011 : Santamaria's new single will be entitled Let's go to Afrika, from the forthcoming album planned for 2012. They peformed it live during the TV show Natal dos Hospitais on RTP1.
12/01/2011 : Santamaria's current album Play was awarded platinum. They are already thinking about the next 2011 album album.
11/07/2010 : Santamaria already recorded the video for their next single Só uma noite contigo.
25/06/2010 : Santamaria's enw album Play was released on June 22nd. Their first single is entitled Tudo de mim (Para ti) (thanks to Denis)
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