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...Nelson Sargento is a Brazilian samba composer and singer as well as a painter, actor, and writer. Having composed over 400 samba songs, Sargento is popularly associated with the history and evolution of the samba genre. Sargento (his stage...
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...As the international face of Latin American music and culture in the mid-twentieth century, Carmen Miranda emerged from Brazil to become a Hollywood icon. Born in Portugal in 1905, Miranda was christened “Carmen” as a tribute to her...
...Born on January 5, 1915, in Ceará, Brazil, Humberto Cavalcanti Teixeira was a musician and composer, notably known for his works with fellow composer Luiz Gonzaga. At an early age, Teixeira first learned to play the bandolim, or Brazilian...
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...Within the global jazz community, Milton Nascimento’s career has served as reminder of the potential creativity and innovation that can occur within disasporic spaces. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1942, Nascimento’s mother was a maid...

Gilberto Gil

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...Though Gilberto Gil began as a bossa nova musician, his career saw him play a pivotal role in the development of post-bossa nova urban musical genres and he would link them with political activism. Born in 1942 in Salvador, Brazil...
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...João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira was a Brazilian singer, songwriter, and guitarist. During the 1950s, Gilberto pioneered the sound of bossa nova, a style of Brazilian music that combines salsa with jazz. Credit for pioneering bossa...
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...Throughout his career, Chico Buarque’s music and literary compositions were constantly attacked and censored by the government of his native Brazil. Born in 1944 in Rio de Janeiro, Buarque came from a family of academics and artists. His...

Luiz Gonzaga

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...Part musician and part oral historian, Luiz Gonzaga helped to preserve northeastern Brazil’s native music and developed the baião genre. Born in 1912, Gonzaga was the son of a farmer and took up the accordion at the same time as he entered...

Sepultura

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...Sepultura is a Brazilian band that was a major influence in the genres of thrash metal, death metal, and groove metal in Brazil, and later globally, during the 1980s and 1990s. The band has gone through several changes of band members...
...As a singer-songwriter and visual artist, Dorival Caymmi provided a significant contribution to the birth of bossa nova in Brazil and its adjacent art forms. Born in Salvador in 1914, Caymmi began to perform on the radio in 1930...