Brazilian musician Marília Mendonça, known as a “classical guitar god”, died in a plane crash in Africa on Friday, according to her manager.
Mendonça’s body was recovered from the wreck, which was seen alight on a river bank in a bad-weather area near Kigali.
“Marília arrived in Rwanda on September 26 with her husband Donato Teixeira,” tweeted Mendonça’s manager in a post on Saturday.
“They were to finish recording of a new album later in October. They had returned from their last assignment on September 24. Donato is currently recuperating and is the only person injured.”
Mendonça was born into a musical family in Fernandel City, Brazil. She said it was as a teenager that she began making up her own compositions, one of which was written especially for Teixeira, the engineer and founder of her musical house in Banaras.
The couple met at the 2014 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and began working together.
Mendonça enjoyed a great deal of success through 2015, when she finished third in the Classic Songwriting competition at the Musica Cesar awards in Chile.
Mendonça’s hits include the ballad “La piedêtra a morir”, the Brazilian slow dance “Jardina” and “Amiga No!”, a tribute to her father who died of cancer five years ago.