Axé Bahia is a six-member Eurodance/axé music group from Brazil, who achieved fame in South America with their single "Beijo na Boca", particularly the Spanish-language version, "Beso en la Boca". (Photo)
Axé Bahia began its quest for fame in the late 1990s. Based in Brazil, the group was originally made up of Flaviana Seeling, Jeferson Fabiano Barbosa (died 2016), Jociney Barbosa, Thalyta, Amanda, and Rodrigo. The group, headed by Flaviana Seeling, was discovered by a Chilean businessman who saw some of its members dancing at a resort.
The group headed to Chile to test their luck and take their shot at fame in 2001. Shortly after arriving to Chile, three of the group's members, Thalyta, Amanda, and Rodrigo, decided to head back to Brazil. The group in Chile decided to search for two more members and found Francini Contin do Amaral and Bruno Alexandre Lazzaretti. Flaviana Seeling, Jeferson Fabiano Barbosa, Jociney Barbosa, Francini Contin do Amaral, and Bruno Alexandre Lazzaretti are the five members that have performed the majority of the group's songs and dances, and is the group best known as Axé Bahia. When Flaviana Seeling got pregnant in 2003, the group added a sixth member, Brenda Carvalho, who replaced Seeling during her pregnancy. Afterward, Brenda Carvalho started her own group, Exporto Brasil. Axé Bahia, throughout its ongoing change in membership, has worked in Brazil, Chile, El Salvador (Canal 6), Mexico City and Peru, to name a few places. The group had to learn Spanish to be able to record outside of Brazil. This paid off, and they sold thousands of copies of their two albums throughout Latin America.
The membership of Axé Bahia, changed again in 2006, moving back to a sextet. The current members are Flaviana Seeling, Jeferson Fabiano Barbosa, Jociney Barbosa, and new members, Cleverson Leandro Ribeiro, Meire Guimaraes de Carvalho, and Gisele Salardi. In 2006, Axé Bahia, along with adding three new members, created Axé Bahia Company, a dance school. Axé Bahia is most famous for its songs "Beijo Na Boca" (Spanish: "Beso en la Boca"), and "Tudo Bem".
"H Bahía" is a spin-off group from Axé Bahía.