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Alceu Valença

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La Belle de Jour Alceu Valença 03:52
Estação da Luz Alceu Valença 03:22
La Belle De Jour Alceu Valença 04:28
Dia Branco Alceu Valença, Orquestra Ouro Preto 04:03
Girassol Alceu Valença 03:10
Tropicana (Morena Tropicana) Alceu Valença 03:51
Caravana Alceu Valença, Elba Ramalho, Geraldo Azevedo 04:25
La Belle de Jour / Girassol Alceu Valença 08:13
Coração Bobo Alceu Valença, Zé Ramalho 04:12
Solidão Alceu Valença 03:11

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Alceu Valença with Orquestra Ouro Preto at Barbican Centre (January 30, 2025)
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One of the most intrepid artists in Brazilian popular music, singer-songwriter Alceu Valença (July 1, 1946) burst onto the scene in the early 1970s with an eclectic blend of Northeastern rhythms and rock-adjacent sounds, often combining electric guitars and synthesizers with more traditional instrumentation. Born in the city of São Bento do Una in rural Pernambuco, he grew up listening to Northeastern music icons such as Jackson do Pandeiro, Luiz Gonzaga, and Marinês. Upon moving to Recife at the age of 10, he discovered rock and roll and became enamored with the music of Little Richard and Ray Charles. By the time he graduated from law school in 1970, Alceu Valença had already made his debut as a performer with the group Underground Tamarineira Village. Two years later, he released his studio debut, Quadrafônico, recorded in collaboration with his friend Geraldo Azevedo. Even though the duo participated in numerous festivals, the album almost went unnoticed and failed to enter the Brazilian charts. It would take Alceu Valença a few years to break into the mainstream, something that finally happened with the single "Coração Bobo" (1980), included in the LP of the same name. In the following years, he continued to hone his genre-bending style on releases like Cinco Sentidos (1981) and Anjo Avesso (1983), which contained the massive hit "Anunciação." Even though he is considered to have reached his creative peak during the '80s, Alceu Valença continued touring and recording well into the 21st century and, in 2014, his album A Amigo da Arte was nominated for Best Portuguese Language Roots Album at the Latin Grammy Awards. In 2022, a re-recording of "Anunciação" featuring guitarist Paulo Rafael peaked at Number 32 on the Brazilian Top 100.