Ana Rocha is a Portuguese and German singer, composer and lyricist. Born in Berlin and raised in Brussels, fluent in four languages and with degrees in Jazz Singing from the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and Comparative Literature from the Freie Universität in Berlin, the singer has cultivated her love for music, languages and literature, culminating in her artistic endeavours.
She currently lives in Berlin, where she sings, writes, performs, teaches, records and translates, but is still very connected to Brussels, where she works on a regular basis. As a singer, she navigates different genres with ease, from jazz to world music, latin, soul, pop, folk, blues and fado, having collaborated with many prolific and distinguished musicians throughout the years.
As a lyricist and composer, Ana has embraced two musical worlds, especially; a folky-pop vibe, with soul, rock and jazz influences, which comes to light in her work as the bandleader of ANA, and with her trio ANA & the Duorkestra, and a Jazz-laden, world music, classical and folk infused repertoire with Portuguese influences, as she demonstrates in her work with acclaimed pianist Diederik Wissels and guitarist Filipe Duarte.
Furthermore, she has gained recognition from the Indian community and the Indian Embassy in Brussels for her rendition of “Vaishnav Jan To”, in tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. She is also known as a member of the Portuguese Art Collective in Berlin and for sharing the stage as a guest with the band Bossa Flor, having sung with Pierre Barouh on their album “Rencontres en Bossa – de Jobim à Barouh”. She is part of the Mirya music production crew with Volodymyr Antoniv. She has written for and recorded two CDs with the Portuguese-Belgian band Espelhos: “Espelhos – Canções Portuguesas”(2012) and “Encontros d’Água” (2015), produced by Latin Grammy-winner Swami Jr. and featuring the Brazilian percussionist Igor Ribeiro. The band toured throughout Brazil, Portugal and Belgium.