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Lio (born 17 June 1962, in Mangualde, Portugal) is a singer and actress who was a pop icon in France and Belgium during the 1980s.



Wanda Maria Ribeiro Furtado Tavares de Vasconcelos was born in Portugal. When her father was called up to fight in the Portuguese Army, the family moved to Mozambique. Her parents divorced and, in 1968, Wanda moved with her mother and new stepfather to Brussels, Belgium, where her sister, actress Helena Noguerra, was born. In her teens she was determined to become a singer, and she was encouraged by singer-songwriter Jacques Duvall (né Eric Verwilghem), a family friend. She took her stage name, Lio, from a character in the Barbarella comic books by Jean-Claude Forest.

In 1979, together with songwriter Jay Alanski, she and Duvall began working with Marc Moulin and Dan Lacksman from the electro-trio Telex. They produced the first two of her multi-million selling singles, "Le banana split", which sold over 2 million copies, and "Amoureux solitaires", a song originally by punk rock band Stinky Toys. Both songs rose to the top of many pop charts in Europe, and Moulin and Lacksman also produced her self-titled first album. In 1982 the American music duo Ron and Russell Mael, of Sparks, worked with her on the album Suite Sixtine, on which some of her previous songs were translated into English. Suite Sixtine was compiled and art directed by Ralph Alfonso for Attic Records Canada, where it was originally released. Her second album, Amour toujours, was produced by Alain Chamfort and released in 1983. The same year, she first appeared on the screen in Chantal Akerman's film Golden Eighties, a lighthearted, humorous French pop musical about the people who work together in a Parisian shopping center. Lio plays a carefree hairdresser in the movie.

In 1985 she met record company executive and producer Michel Esteban, of ZE Records. She continued to have hit singles in Europe, including "Les brunes comptent pas pour des prunes", and travelled to Los Angeles with Esteban to record her next album Pop model. Several of the tracks were co-produced by John Cale, formerly of the Velvet Underground, and the album produced the hits "Fallait pas commencer", "Je casse tout ce que je touche", and "Chauffeur". In 1988, after she had given birth to a daughter with Esteban, she resumed her acting career, starring in Claude Lelouch's film Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté. The Lio-Esteban partnership produced another album, Can Can, recorded in Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro. She also designed a fashion collection for the European department store chain Prisunic.

She appeared in three films in 1990 and 1991, Chambre à part, Sans un cri, and Après l'amour. Her 1991 album, Des fleurs pour un caméléon, was produced by Étienne Daho. Her next album, Wandatta, presenting a more mature approach in contrast with her previous image, and with a sleeve designed by Guy Peellaert, was released in 1995. However, it was relatively unsuccessful, and she withdrew for a time to live near Angoulême with her partner and children. In 1998, she recorded with Esteban in Cuba, and in 1999 she appeared in 50 performances of the French adaptation of Seven brides for seven brothers, a musical staged at the Folies Bergère. She had two kids that year, Lea and Garance. She released the album Je suis comme je suis, containing interpretations of the poems of Jacques Prévert, in 2000. After performing the songs on tour throughout France, Europe and North Africa, she released the live album Coeur de rubis in 2004. She also appeared in over 250 performances of the theatre play Le bébé, an adaptation of a book by Marie Darrieussecq.

Since 2008, Lio has been a judge on the French "pop idol" show Nouvelle Star. In 2009, she returned to music with the rock band Phantom. In 2011, she became a judge on The Voice Belgique.



  • 1980: "Le banana split"
  • 1980: "Amoureux solitaires"
  • 1980: "Sage comme une image"
  • 1981: "Amicalement votre"
  • 1982: "Mona Lisa"
  • 1983: "Zip a doo wah"
  • 1983: "La reine des pommes"
  • 1986: "Les brunes comptent pas pour des prunes"
  • 1986: "Fallait pas commencer"
  • 1986: "Je casse tout ce que je touche"
  • 1986: "Chauffeur"
  • 1988: "Seules les filles pleurent"
  • 1988: "Tu es formidable"
  • 1991: "Girl from Ipanema"
  • 1991: "L'autre joue"
  • 1996: "Tristeza"
  • 2000: "Je suis comme je suis"


  • 1980: Lio
  • 1982: Suite sixtine
  • 1983: Amour toujours
  • 1986: Pop model
  • 1988: Can can
  • 1991: Des fleurs pour un caméléon
  • 1996: Wandatta
  • 2000: Chante Prévert
  • 2003: Cœur de rubis
  • 2005: Les Pop Songs (Best Of 1)
  • 2005: Les Ballades (Best Of 2)
  • 2005: Pop Box - 25 Years In Pop (7 remastered CDs with bonus tracks and 1 DVD of clips)
  • 2006: Dites Au Prince Charmant



  • Le Bébé

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