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Album Review

Valença is less well-known than many MPB stalwarts, but quite as good. Musically, in fact, he is more individual than many big wheels in this rather text-oriented genre. He has a liking for harder rock influences than most of his compatriots, but also at times turns to a very pretty classic Luso-Brazilian acoustic guitar sound.


Born: July 1, 1946 in Sao Bento do Una, Pernambuco, Bra

Genre: MPB

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Alceu Valença is an extremely successful composer and the owner of a distinctive style that mixes his northeastern roots and contemporary grooves; he is also an energetic and mesmerizing live performer. His songs have been recorded by several major artists, including Luiz Gonzaga (with whom he wrote "Plano Piloto"), Maria Betânia, and Elba Ramalho. His life was depicted in Anamelia Maciel's book Alceu Valença em Frente e Verso (Edição do Autor, recife, 1988). The son of a locally renowned lawyer,...
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