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Chico Buarque & Maria Bethânia (Ao Vivo)

Chico Buarque & Maria Bethânia

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In 1975, Maria Betânia commemorated ten years of career with a show with Chico Buarque that was released on LP; this is the CD reissue. The album is historic, with classics like "Sinal Fechado" (Paulinho da Viola), "Foi Assim" (Lupicínio Rodrigues), even "Gitâ" (by the late rocker Raul Seixas), along with Buarque's pearls "Olê Olá," "Sem Fantasia," "Sem Açúcar," "Com Açúcar E Com Afeto," and others. Maria Betânia is the personification of the female depicted by Buarque's poetry: intense, dramatic, fragile, powerful, sensuous, aggressive — contradictory.

Biography

Born: 1944 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Of the early stars of MPB (música popular brasileira), Chico Buarque was one of the first to become a certifiable pop star. With his warm, nasally croon, elegant phrasing, and considerable skill at lyric writing, Buarque (who is handsome to boot) became extremely popular with women, who loved his understated sensuality. However, Buarque was uncomfortable playing the role of pop star, preferring to be seen as a serious artist. Throughout his career, he's managed to have the best of both worlds, but...
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