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Martinho da Vila

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Devagar, Devagarinho Martinho da Vila 03:00
Aquarela Brasileira Martinho da Vila 02:56
Camarão Que Dorme a Onda Leva Zeca Pagodinho, Dudu Nobre, Mumuzinho, Djavan 02:48
Canta, Canta Minha Gente Sambabook, Martinho da Vila, Diogo Nogueira, Elza Soares 03:08
O Pequeno Burguês Martinho da Vila 02:49
Canta Canta, Minha Gente Martinho da Vila 02:32
Pelo Telefone Martinho da Vila 02:29
Roda Ciranda / Segure Tudo / Casa De Bamba Martinho da Vila 03:32
Sonho Meu Sambabook, Arlindo Cruz, Maria Bethânia, Delcio Carvalho 03:48
Disritmia Martinho da Vila 02:24

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Three-time Latin GRAMMY Award-winner Martin José Ferreira, better known as Martinho da Vila, has become one of Brazil’s best-known samba artists over the course of his fifty-plus-year career. Born on February 12th, 1938 in Duas Barras, Rio de Janeiro, the self-taught singer and multi-instrumentalist first made a name for himself as a participant in the 1967 and 1968 editions of III Festival da Record, where he competed with the songs "Menina Moça" and "Casa de Bamba" respectively. The latter song went on to become an international hit, and was included on Ferreira’s self-titled debut album, released the following year via RCA. Abandoning his career as an accountant for the Brazilian army in 1970 to become a full-time musician, he continued to release albums on a yearly and occasionally biannual basis, increasingly garnering national recognition. “Canta Canta, Minha Gente”, the title track from his 1974 album of the same name, was another chart smash. Moving between various labels in the ensuing decades including CBS, Sony and Universal while sustaining strong album sales, he achieved a personal best with 1995’s Tá Delícia, Tá Gostoso, which sold over a million copies. The LP also spawned the hit single “Mulheres”, which won a national Mehlores do Ano (Best of the Year) award by popular vote. Ferreira has since worked extensively with the Vila Isabel samba school, and has collaborated with various orchestras. In 2000, he coordinated a one-off show celebrating black classical musicians entitled the Concerto Negro. While continuing to share new material in the 21st century, he has also pursued various non-musical ventures, doubling up as an author of children's books and romance novels and a prominent commentator on Afro-Brazilian issues.