See an international star on the rise Tuesday night when Naldo (Benny) makes his official U.S. debut at the BrazilFoundation Miami Gala at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.
The funk/hip-hop singer, 31, is already hanging with A-listers. Will Smith posted a video of the two of them partying on a hotel balcony during Carnaval in February, cheering to the huge crowds. “It left me very moved that he put that on his fan page for his 42 million followers to see,” said Naldo of the action star. “I have always liked him, and meeting him was incredible.”
There may even be a collaboration in the works.
”We have great chemistry, get along quite well, and I hope that the projects we have discussed will become a reality,” said Naldo, who will perform his most popular songs Amor de Chocolate (Chocolate Love), Exagerado (Exaggerated) as well as Se Joga (Playing) — his newest with Fat Joe, who recently toured with Naldo in Brazil and is set to attend the gala.
Naldo’s other dream hookups: Jay-Z, Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga.
“The interesting thing about the music industry is that it’s possible to mix different rhythms and styles and create something innovative and fun to hear.”
Proceeds will go to the foundation, a nonprofit that raises funds to support social projects in Brazil. Tickets: www.brazilfoundation.org
Fun in the sun
Guests hanging out by the pool at the Fontainebleau had a beautiful view Sunday. Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes was in a bikini, playing with her toddler son. The Dutch stunner was in town for Ultra with her DJ-at-work husband Sunnery James.
Patrick Schwarzenegger loves the thump thump thump of electronica. The famous spawn tweeted he was on the Bayfront Park stage (proven with a pic) Saturday at Ultra with DJ Carl Cox.
The Sony Open has brought out its share of bold-faced names:
Sony stars David Ferrer, Sara Errani and Nicolas Almagro took a time out from their pre-tourney rituals Thursday to mingle with guests at db Bistro Moderne at the JW Marriott Marquis.
Emmy-nominated actor and super tennis fan Kevin James was at the Sony Open Friday, when he performed the coin toss with one of the so-called Sexiest Men Alive, Eduardo Verastegui, just before defending Sony Open champ Novak Djokovic’s debut match. Djokovic definitely made his rounds off the tennis court, too. Sunday night’s Miami Heat game was a stellar one and not just because they won as usual. No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy and girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki met up with Djokovic. Also spotted at the game posing with Djokovic was frequent Miami visitor and Nashville star Hayden Panettiere.
Golfing legend Greg Norman and World No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had a meet and greet Saturday after Tsonga’s win. The same day, Serena Williams rode her bike to Key Biscayne to escape crazy traffic.
Alex Rodriguez and girlfriend Torrie Wilson caught Maria Sharapova’s match at the Sony Open Sunday. Looks like it’s game on between those two.
Madeleine Marr & Lesley Abravanel