““I have not been more impressed with a singer! Katia Moraes is a brilliant and thoroughly professional singer...emotional and technically superb! The band is composed of incredible musicians and together they joyfully play a show of wonderful Brazilian music. Brava!”
- Cathy Segal-Garcia for LA Jazz Scene
““What a great way to start our season. Katia engaged our audiences like few other performers have. A truly passionate professional performer, Katia was a joy to work with and the audience showed their appreciation with a standing ovation...both nights!”
Katia Moraes & Pure Samba show
Christian Wolf, Executive Director
Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation
— Christian Wolf,Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation
" The fiery Brazilian singer Moraes and her band bring the spirit, the spunk and the sensuality of Rio to every note they play and sing."
— Brick Wahl,LA Weekly
"Any performance by Kátia Moraes and Sambaguru is a gripping tour through the seemingly infinite rhythms and far reaching passions of Brazilian music. And their appearance at Vitello’s Friday night offered all that and more.
(...) Backing Moraes’ fiery, audience-grabbing singing and dancing: special guest Miguel Gandelman, tenor saxophone, bassist Hussain Jiffry, percussionist Kevin Ricard, drummer Tony Shogren and keyboardist Brendle. Together, they created the sort of performance that deserves a far wider hearing. It’s time for the programmers and producers at Disney Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, the Greek Theatre and beyond to check out the utterly mesmerizing music of Kátia Moraes and Sambaguru."
— Don Heckman,International Press REview
"When the super-heated Katia Moraes and her accomplices in Sambaguru hit the stage, the Brazilian rhythmic pyrotechnics never stop."
— Michael Katz,www.irom.wordpress.com
"(...) But there ain’t a Brazilian singer in town who is as irresistible as Katia Moraes. Crowds go nuts when she performs. The energy, the charisma, the sheer joy of Brazilian music just fills a space."
(Brick Wahl/ LA Weekly)
— Brick Wahl,LA Weekly
"(...) and Moraes' singing, as always, was a virtual definition of the passion that is an implicit part of Brazilian music."
Don Heckman/ Los Angeles Times