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He changed Brazilian pop with Novos Baianos, was a pioneer when singing in an electric trio and made his compositions bridges between Brazilian rhythms and the strength of rock in the 70s; remember.
Moraes Moreira changed Brazilian pop with his compositions, voice and guitar, either with Novos Baianos or in a solo career. His music was deeply Brazilian and also in tune with the rock of his youth.
The musician died due to an acute myocardial infarction on Monday morning (13).
Antonio Carlos Moreira Pires was born in Ituaçu, in the interior of Bahia, on July 8, 1947. He started playing accordion at local parties and celebrations of São João in his teens.
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In 1963, at the age of 16, he went to study in Caculé, a slightly larger city near Ituaçu, where he learned to play the guitar.
At 19, he went to Salvador, where he began to study at the Music Seminar of the Federal University of Bahia. There, he met his future companions from Novos Baianos, Luiz Galvão and Paulinho Boca de Cantor, in addition to Tom Zé.
In 1968, they created the show that gave rise to the New Baianos, Desembarque dos Bichos after the Universal Flood.
The group also had the participation of Baby do Brasil (Baby Consuelo, at the time) in the voice and the guitarist Pepeu Gomes when he went to participate in the prestigious Festival of Brazilian Popular Music in 1969, with the song “De Vera”, by Moreira and Galvão .
The following year, the group released their debut album, “Ferro na Boneca”. But their great work would come after a visit by João Gilberto to the house where they lived together, already in Rio de Janeiro.
In 1972 they released one of the most important albums of Brazilian music, “Acabou chorare”, which enshrined Novos Baianos and influences countless Brazilian bands and singers to this day.
“Acabou chorare” brought together samba, rock, bossa nova, frevo, choro and baião and synthesized the creative explosion of the boom of the late 60s and early 70s in the world with the richness of Brazilian popular music.
With the re-recording of “Brasil pandeiro”, by Assis Valente, in addition to “Preta pretinha”, “Mistery of the planet”, “A Menina Dança”, “Besta é tu” and the title track, all co-authored by Moraes Moreira, 1972 album is recognized as one of the best – if not the best – work of Brazilian pop.
It was a step ahead of Caetano, Gil and Tom Zé’s tropicalism – in embracing rock and hippie psychedelia, in merging Brazilian rhythms, in refusing to follow patterns in the toughest period of the military dictatorship.
The group went to live in a farm in Jacarepaguá, West Zone of Rio, where they followed the hippie culture of the USA and Europe during the Brazilian military dictatorship. They also released three albums, whose not so great success started to generate disagreements.
Solo career and voice in the trio
The group even started its members’ successful solo careers. In 1975, Moraes Moreira decides to leave Novos Baianos. He started a partnership with guitarist Armandinho.
In 1976, he became the first electric trio singer, when he joined the trio of Dodô and Osmar, and sang the song “Pombo Correio”, a success at the time. The trios already existed, but without the accompaniment of singers.
In 1979, he released the album “Lá Vem o Brasil Descendo a Ladeira”, which included the song “Santa Fé”, the opening track of the soap opera “Roque santeiro”. The soap opera had been censored in 1975 by the military dictatorship, and would only be shown ten years later.
His presence in the trio and his solo works were very influential in the future formation of the so-called “axé music” in Salvador. He also got very close to Pernambuco music throughout his career.
He continued to release solo albums successfully in the 1980s, but already out of the creative heights of the 1970s.
In 1996, Moraes brought together the Novos Baianos, and the live album “Infinito Circular” was released, in addition to telling the story of the group in string format.
In 2012, he traveled through Brazil on a tour with his son, musician Davi Moraes, and celebrated the 40th anniversary of “Acabou chorare”.
In recent years, Moraes Moreira has been involved in reunion shows for the New Baianos and the continuation of his solo work.
On March 17, he wrote his last post on Instagram, with a string on the quarantine.