Karyna Gomes is a singer and songwriter who started at the age of 21 by singing gospel music in 1997 in São Paulo, Brazil, while she studied journalism.
Her passion for music came earlier as she grew up surrounded by musicians in Guinea-Bissau, listening to traditional and urban music of her country and also rhythms from around the world.
In 2005, she started her solo career in her homeland and the following year she participated at the CPLP Festival held in Bissau, where she sang alongside legendary artists such as Tito Paris and others from the Lusophone scene.
In 2007, she received an invitation to participate in the recording of Super Mama Djombo’s last album. She then toured with the group around the world, while following her developing solo career.
In October 2014, she released her debut solo album ‘Mindjer’ (woman). The album is a tribute to the Guinean women and those from around the world for their determination, strength and courage. It is an urban musical genealogy from Guinea-Bissau and the singer recalls traditional songs, urban classics and those she calls "my Guinean music."
'Mindjer' received excellent reviews from world music media and was was listed by the magazine BLITZ as one of the Top 10 albums of 2014.
Karyna performed at the Atlantic Music Expo 2015 held in Praia, Cape Verde, and at various world music festivals since.