The music of Brazi
The music of Brazil has a definite and identifiable rhythmic 'feel' and sound, Here are just some of the inspiring musicians from Brazil.

Seu Jorge

Jorge was once a homeless kid in a favela (Brazilian slum) outside of Rio de Janeiro. By age ten, Jorge was repairing tyres to help support his family. Having spent years turning his energies to music and theater, Jorge landed the part of Knockout Ned in City of God, the film that put an international spotlight on favela life. In the mid-90s, he formed a group called Farofa Carioca, whose infectious, groovy pop samba soon became popular in Rio. After a string of concerts, they recorded a single album. H
e began a solo career with an album produced by Mario Caldato (Beastie Boys): “Samba Esporte Fino”. Released to critical acclaim, it became the 1999 album of the year in Brazil. But it was the cinema and Fernando Meirelles that really made Seu Jorge a household name: his tailored role in “Cidade de Deus” (City of God) rocketed him to national stardom.


Airto Moreira was born in 1941 in the small village of Itaiopolis - south Brasil, and was raised in Curitiba. By the time he was six years old he had won many music contests by singing and playing percussion..In 1965 he met the singer Flora Purim in Rio de Janeiro. Flora moved to the USA in 1967 and Airto followed her shortly after. When in New York Airto began playing bassist Walter Booker. It was through Booker that Airto began playing with the greats - Cannonball Adderley, Lee Morgan, Paul Desmond and Joe Zawinul, to name a few. Zawignul recommended Airto to Miles Davis for a recording session in 1970 for the “Bitches Brew” album. Davis then invited Airto to join his group, which included such jazz icons as Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, Jack De Johnette, Chick Corea and later John McLaughlin and Keith Jarrett. He remained with Miles for two years, and appears on such releases as “Live/Evil”, “Live at the Fillmore”, “On the Corner”, “The Isle of Wight”, “Bitches Brew” and later releases including the “Fillmore Sessions”.

Dudu Tucci

Dudu Tucci was born in Sao Paulo in 1955. He was born into a musical family and started drumming as a young boy in the Umbanda ceremonies. After leaving school he studied percussion, flute and musicology. From 1976 he travelled extensively throughout Latin America where he discovered diverse ethnic music traditions with a profound spirituality that has influenced him ever since.
Together with Tiago de Oliveira Dudu Tucci has written "Samba and Sambistas in Brazil", a theoretical study of Samba. He has contributed to various recordings by other artists such as Reinhard Flatischler´s "Megadrums" and has so far released 5 solo CD´s: Odudua, Obatimalé, Orixas, Native Dreamer and Tribal World. His sixth album, to be released shortly, presents Dudu Tucci live with his new band, some of whom he has worked with for many years and who have collaborated with him on earlier studio albums. The first Inaê concert took place at the closing celebrations for the EXPO 2000 in Hannover with great success.

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