Maria Rita Stumpf was born in the mountains of the Southern state of Brazil and started to write at the age of 14. She was soon after engaged to sing in festivals, contests and in her own shows. In 1985 she moved to Rio de Janeiro where she developed her career and released LP Brasileira in 1988. Master pianist Luiz Eça, group Uaktí and Ricardo Bordini were on board. In 1993 she released the CD Mapa das Nuvens (Map of the Clouds). Soon after she decided to entirely dedicate herself to her cultural and arts Agency Antares leaving the stage and recordings.
Maria Rita´s music was captured by the DJ´s and vinyl collectors radar around 2015. She had Cântico Brasileiro nº 3 (Kamaiurá) included in the compilation Outro Tempo organized by DJ and researcher John Gomez for the Dutch label Music From Memory released in February of 2017. The DJs of Festa Selvagem started the label Selva Discos that same year to release the original LP Brasileira remastered in July. In October the EP Remixes – Maria Rita Stumpf released worldwide included a new recording of Cântico Brasileiro 3 (Kamaiurá) with Paulo Santos and the DJs, and Lamento Africano (African Lament) /Rictus remixed by French DJ Joakim.
Maria Rita resumed her onstage presence at Red Bull Music Academy Festival in São Paulo, the final evening of Kino Beat Festival and in the Brazilian leg of Dutch festival Dekmantel.
Released her fourth project Inkiri Om in 2020 with a stellar team and performed in the opening evening at the Women’s Music Event at Casa Natura, in São Paulo. The following year she assembled two online shows – “Somos Um (We are one)” and “Do ancestral ao Eletrônico (From ancestral to electronics)”. Released her newest album VER TENTE (Try and See)in May 2022.
“VER TENTE (Try and See) delves deeply into Brazil and was positively reviewed, and considered one of the most important MPB releases of the year 2022 praising her as an artist who follows a unique path.“
“…Along with her own finely crafted songs which delve into politics such as “Vertente (Slope)” with its anthem-like atmosphere, Maria Rita brings new character to well-known hits, adding unexpected personality to some of them which came out better than the original recordings.”
Juarez Fonseca – Zero Hora – Rio Grande do Sul “An outstanding artist, her name is Maria Rita Stumpf! Today I share with all of you my pleasure in listening to VER TENTE (Try and See), the fourth album by the singer songwriter ….It feels like the sole mission of the air coming out of her throat is to give way to the sound her mouth utters. I swear I felt the presence of the late great singer Elis Regina when hearing Maria. She sings in a way she never loses power.”
Aquiles Reis – Dicas do Aquiles – Jornal do Brasil