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Nelson Cavaquinho

Nelson Cavaquinho

Singer/composer of samba
Nelson Cavaquinho
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Intro Singer/composer of samba
Was Singer Musician Composer
From Brazil
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 29 October 1911, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Death 18 February 1986, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (aged 74 years)
Star sign Scorpio
Awards
Ordem do Mérito Cultural 2011
Genre:
Samba
Instruments:
Voice
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Biography

Nelson Cavaquinho (October 29, 1911 – February 18, 1986, birth name Nelson Antônio da Silva) was one of the most important singer/composers of samba. He is usually seen as a representative of the tragic aspects of samba thematics, with many songs about death and hopelessness. He was a prominent figure of samba school Estação Primeira de Mangueira.

Biography

Nelson was born in Rio de Janeiro. Coming from a poor family, he quit school at a young age to seek employment in a factory. He showed a musical talent at a young age playing a home-made guitar made of a cigar box and wires. When he could, he would borrow a cavaquinho and try and copy the techniques of professional cavaquinho players. He demonstrated a great ability to play the instrument and composed a choro ("Caminhando") which gained him notoriety as a musician (due in part to an uncommon modulation which made it hard for other instrumentalists to harmonize it). He was finally given a cavaquinho and having demonstrated a unique playing style on the instrument was given the nickname "Nelson Cavaquinho". He demonstrated a unique style of playing with only two fingers.

As a young man he became acquainted with famous samba players like Cartola, Carlos Cachaça and Zé da Zilda. He went on to compose over 600 compositions. His main partner was Guilherme de Brito. Some of his better known works are: "A Flor e o Espinho", "Folhas Secas", "O Bem e o Mal" and "Juízo Final".

He died of emphysema on February 18, 1986, at the age of 74, in Rio de Janeiro.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 06 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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