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Juca Chaves

A unique figure in the Brazilian musical sector, Juca Chaves built up his artistic persona after medieval themes. Considering himself a minstrel, he is also one of the very few contemporary artists to make the romantic modinha his principal element. And he used improbable (and delicate) elements as vehicles for his corrosive satiric humor, directed against politicians and high members of the government responsible for the economy, and against anyone who pleases him as well. A combative and independent character, he also fought for the numbering of records by record companies and founded his own independent label.

Taking up the guitar at seven, Chaves started to write poetry in the same period, penning the songs "Hino Para os Cachorros" and "Semente Bonitinha." He had intense musical training with teachers like Guerra-Peixe (harmony, counterpoint, and fugue), Oswaldo Lacerda (musical theory and solfeggio), Lurdinha Amaral (guitar and voice), Scupinari (classical guitar), Bernardo Federowsky (conducting), Nair Medeiros (piano), and Maynard Araújo (folklore), having founded with the conductor Eleazar de Carvalho the group Juventude Musical Brasileira (Brazilian Musical Youth). At 16, Chaves intensified his poetic production through his participation in the Grupo de Seresteiros de São Paulo (Group of Serenaders of São Paulo), which he founded with friends. In that period, his composition "Nas Águas de Saquarema" was interpreted by Leny Eversong on Rádio Nacional. In 1955, he became one of the founders of the Rua Augusta Chic magazine, where he published chronicles and poems.

Chaves' professional debut was at TV Tupi (São Paulo) in 1955, performing his first recital two years later, at the Leopoldo Fróes theater. In that period, he had already developed his style, inspired by minstrelsy, through which he satirized the political and economic status of Brazil. In the late '50s, he published his book of satirical poems Pincel da Sociedade; and in 1960 he recorded his first LP, As Duas Faces de Juca Chaves, in which he recovered the delicacy of the modinha ("Por Quem Sonha Ana Maria"), evidencing the influence of bossa nova in his singing. At the same time, he exercised his critical verve in "Nasal Sensual," a reference to his own (big) nose, and in "Presidente Bossa Nova," referring to the Brazilian president Juscelino Kubitschek, which brought him the first of several problems with censorship.

In 1963, Chaves exiled himself in Portugal, but, persecuted by the Salazar government, he went to Rome, Italy, where he lived for five years. In 1967, he had success with "Lé Com Lé, Cré Com Cré." Returning to Brazil in 1969, he ran through the country with the solo show Circo Sdruws, having been hired afterward by TV Record (São Paulo) to present the program Juca, Caviar e Mulher. His show Vá Tomar Caju, which opened at the Sucata club (Rio), was also presented in several cities of Brazil. In 1985, Chaves recorded O Menestrel do Brasil/Enfim (Quase) Livre, which brought forth the song "Rimas Sádicas," which had been forbidden by censorship in 1975. In the early '90s, he founded the independent recording company Sdruws Records, and in 1994 he inaugurated the Jucabaré/Theatro Inteligente theater in São Paulo. Two years later, he presented the show Juca Chaves, O Menestrel do Brasil, at the Municipal Theater of São Paulo, backed up by the Camerata Atheneum and by the Coral Paulistano. ~ Alvaro Neder
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 25 Years Of Mr. Bongo: 1989-2014

1. Apache (Grandmaster Flash Mix)

2. Carolina

3. Milk & Honey (Feat. Prince Fatty)

5. Wings

6. African Problems

7. Heaven

9. Down By Law

10. Dancing In Outer Space

11. Nana

12. Pais Tropical

14. Swinga Sambaby

15. Km 110

18. Carolina Carol Bela

19. Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser

20. Looking For Real Love

21. Horsemove (2014 Version)

22. Scrub A Dub Style (Prince Fatty Mix) (Feat. Sugar Minott)

23. Boa Noite

24. Oba, La Vem Ela

25. 16 Toneladas

26. Take Me Back To Paiui

27. Babarabatiri

28. Lupita

29. Bongo Rock

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Track List: Best Of Brazilian Beats

1. Deus Me Faca Funky

2. Mais Kriola

4. Carolina

6. Summertime

7. Serrado

11. Hot Pants Road

13. A Festa

14. Eu Sou Mais Eu

15. Jogando Capoeira

16. Barumba

18. Black Soul Brothers

19. Sam Blues

22. Nebulosa

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Track List: 25 Years Of Brazilian Beats, Pt. 2

1. No Tranco

2. Riva

3. Cotidiano

5. Take Me Back To Piaui

7. Flamengão

9. Se Você Quiser Mas Sem Bronquear

10. Moreno De Angola

15. Babylon By Bus

16. Como Eu Te Quero

17. Lodeando

19. Boa Noite

22. Deixa Eu Dizer

23. Nereci

24. Oba, Lá Vem Ela

40. Mar Afunda

44. 16 Toneladas

46. É Necessário

49. Uma Rosa Pra Dita

51. Jeep

52. Beija Flor Suite

53. Taieiras

54. A Festa

55. Tava Mas Nao Tava

56. Mais Kriola

57. O Jornaleiro

58. Black Soul Brothers

59. Skim Dum Dum Dum

60. Marcas

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Track List: Brazilian Beats 2

Disc 1

1. Ba-Tu-Ca-Da (Peter Heller Big Love From Rio Mix)

2. Celebration Suite

4. Nebulosa

5. Sam Blues

6. Barumba

7. Hot Pants Road

8. Eu Sou Mais Eu

10. Ondo Anda A Meu Amor

12. Ye Mele

14. Swinga Sambaby

15. La Lupita

16. Cochise

18. Bob

Disc 2

3. Serrado

4. Atoa Atoa

5. Nega De Obaluae

6. Zana

8. Coco Dub (Afrociberdelia)

9. Na Biaxa Do Sapateiro

10. E Samba

11. Jungle

13. Summertime

14. Tanganica

Disc 3

4. Nao Adianta

6. Chega No Suingue

7. Riacho

8. Saudacao A Toco Preto

9. Sebastiana

10. Krioula

12. Como Um Sol (Brazilian Beat Mix)

13. Musica E

Disc 4

1. Baile Funk Medley

4. Magia (Faze Action Horny Mix)

5. Jogando Capoeira

6. Carolina

8. Take Me Back To Piaui

9. Que Alegria (Sao Benitez Somdagente Mix)

Disc 5

2. Freestyle Love

4. Bobeira

5. Zamba Ben

7. Pilotando O Bonde Da Excursao

10. Barbapapa's Groove

12. Candomble

15. Xica Da Silva

17. Tudo Bem

Disc 6

1. No Tranco

2. Riva (Gringo Jo Casa De Samba Mix)

5. Take Me Back To Piaui (Dubben Mix)

7. Flamengao

10. Morena De Angola

11. Take It Easy My Brother Charles

15. Babylon By Gus

16. Como Eu Te Quero

Disc 7

2. Mar Afunda

8. E Necessario

10. Tanga

11. Uma Rosa Pra Dita

13. Jeep

14. Beija-Flor Suite

15. Taieiras

16. A Festa

17. Tava Mas Nao Tava

18. Mais Kriola

19. O Jornaleiro

20. Black Soul Brothers

21. Skim Dum Dum Dum

22. Marcas

Disc 8

5. Carolina

7. Summertime

8. Serrado

12. Hot Pants Road

19. Eu Sou Mais Eu

21. Barumba

23. Black Soul Brothers

25. Sam Blues

26. Carolina Carol Bela

27. Take It Easy My Brother Charles

28. Baile Funk Medley

29. Take It Easy My Brother Charles

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Track List: Brazilian Beats 4

1. Baile Funk Medley

4. Magia (Faze Action Horny Mix)

5. Jogando Capoeira

6. Carolina

8. Take Me Back To Piaui

9. Que Alegria (Sao Benitez Somdagente Mix)

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Track List: Best Of Brazilian Beats

Disc 1

3. Summertime

4. Nao Adianta

5. E Isso Ai

9. No Tranco

10. Babylon By Gus

13. Chega No Suingue

15. Freestyle Love

17. Riva (Gringo Jo 'Casa De Samba' Mix)

18. Num Deu Pra Credita

Disc 2

3. Nebulosa

4. Carolina Carol Bela

5. Onde Anda O Meu Amor

6. Swinga Sambaby

10. Nega De Obluae

12. Magia Do Prazer (Faze Action Horny Mix)

13. Carolina

14. A Beira Mar (Sao Benitez Lush Mix)

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