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Candeia

Blending a rich talent as samba composer with a passion for the Negro cause, Candeia had great success with his sambas, with which the prominent samba school Portela (co-founded by him) had several important victories. His compositions were also recorded by many great artists like Clementina de Jesus, Clara Nunes, Paulinho da Viola, and others. Because of his respect for the samba culture, he denounced the loss of traditions and left Portela in 1975, founding the Grêmio Recreativo de Arte Negra Escola de Samba Quilombo, which had clear statutes regarding Negro ideals. He recorded seven LPs as an interpreter, including the posthumously released Axé, one of the most important albums of the samba genre.

Son of a typographer, sambista, and flutist who always promoted partido-alto and choro get-togethers and also was the creator of the Comissões de Frente (group of the representatives of the samba school directory who parade during Carnival), Candeia was in the center of the samba action since he was very young. It was natural that he soon became friends with Zé com Fome (Zé da Zilda), Luperce Miranda, Claudionor Cruz and other renowned musicians and sambistas. As a member of the samba school Vai Como Pode, he was one of the founders of the G.R.E.S. Portela, the Portela samba school. In 1953 he wrote the first samba-enredo for the new school, "Seis Datas Magnas," with Altair Prego. In that Carnival, for the first time ever, a samba school (Portela) had the maximum grade in every criterion. "Festas Juninas Em Fevereiro" (Candeia/Valdir 59) gave Portela the third place in 1955 and "Legados de D. João VI" (same authors) received the first place in 1957.

He was the director of the group Mensageiros do Samba in the '60s, which recorded an LP. In 1961, he joined the police, soon achieving the reputation of being fierce and truculent. Annoyed by a car accident, he came out shooting and received a bullet in his spine which rendered him paraplegic for the rest of his life. In the long period of depression he faced thereafter, Candeia remained secluded and his compositional style changed sensibly. By and by, though, friends like Bibi Ferreira and Martinho da Vila brought him to the samba scene again. His samba "Minhas Madrugadas," written with Paulinho da Viola, was recorded by the latter in 1966. In 1970, he recorded an LP as an interpreter. In the same year, the group Nosso Samba recorded his "Dia de Graça," a song in which he reported his saga and Clementina de Jesus recorded three of his songs. In 1971, Paulinho da Viola recorded "Filosofia Do Samba" and Clara Nunes recorded "Anjo Moreno" and "Sariorerê." The denounce of the loss of tradition in samba was expressed in the book Escola de Samba, Árvore Que Perdeu A Raiz (with Isnard). His life was depicted in the biography Candeia: Luz Da Inspiração, by João Batista M. Vargens, Martins Fontes/Funarte, Rio de Janeiro, 1987. ~ Alvaro Neder
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Dose Dupla Candeia

Disc 1

1. Riquezas Do Brasil

2. Maria Madalena Da Portela

3. Olha O Samba Sinhá (Samba De Roda)

4. Vem Menina Moça

5. Nova Escola

6. Já Curei Minha Dor

7. Luz Da Inspiração

8. Me Alucina

10. Era Quase Madrugada

11. Cabocla Jurema

12. Pelo Nosso Amor

Disc 2

1. Pintura Sem Arte

2. Ouro Desça Do Seu Trono/Mil Réis

3. Vivo Isolado Do Mundo/Amor Não É Brinquedo

4. Zé Tambozeiro (Tambor De Angola)

5. Dia De Graça

6. Gamação/Peixeiro Granfino/Ouço Uma Voz/Vem Amenizar

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Track List: Warner 30 Anos

1. Luz da Inspiração

2. Pintura Sem Arte

3. Dia de Graça

4. Maria Madalena da Portela

5. O Invocado / Beberrão

6. Olha o Samba Sinhá (Samba de Roda)

7. Me Alucina

8. Zé Tambozeiro (Tambor de Angola)

9. Ouro Desça do Seu Trono / Mil Réis

10. Era Quase Madrugada

11. Pelo Nosso Amor

12. Já Curei Minha Dor

13. Vivo Isolado do Mundo / Amor Não é Brinquedo

14. Vem menina moça

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Track List: Enciclopédia Musical Brasileira

1. Vivo Isolado do Mundo / Amor Não é Brinquedo

2. Pintura Sem Arte

3. Dia de Graça

4. Ouro Desça do Seu Trono / Mil Réis

5. Gamação / Peixeiro Granfino / Ouço uma Voz / Vem Amenizar

6. O Invocado / Beberrão

7. Zé Tambozeiro (Tambor de Angola)

8. Sou Mais O Samba

9. Riquezas do Brasil

10. Olha o Samba Sinhá (Samba de Roda)

11. Maria Madalena da Portela

12. Já Curei Minha Dor

13. Luz da Inspiração

14. Não Vem ( Assim Não Dá )

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Track List: Mestres Da MPB

1. Dia De Graça

3. Pintura Sem Arte

4. Maria Madalena Da Portela

5. Vivo Isolado Do Mundo / Amor Não É Brinquedo

6. Gamação / Peixeiro Granfino / Ouço Uma Voz / Vem Amenizar

7. Nova Escola

8. Ouro Desça Do Seu Trono / Mil Réis

9. O Invocado / Beberrão

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