Artist Profiles: Neguinho da Beija-Flor

Neguinho da Beija-Flor

Luiz Feliciano Antonio Marcondes, better known as Neguinho da Beija-Flor, was born in Nova Iguaçu, Brazil on June 29, 1949. He is considered one of the most important Carnaval samba-enredo singers of all time.

Son of a trumpeter of the famous Orquestra Tabajara, Neguinho began his career in music when he was still a kid. At ten he won a contest by singing a samba by legendary carioca artist Jamelão.

His first album, “Vida No Peito” was released in 1980, followed by other 15 albums until 2000, featuring hits such as “Os Cinco Bailes da História do Rio” and “Aquarela Brasileira”.

In 1991, he won the Sharp prize as Best Samba Singer. In 2001, Neguinho released his first live album, “25 Anos de Fé e Raiz”, celebrating his 25-year career.

Since 1975 Neguinho has been affiliated with samba school, Beija-Flor de Nilópolis, in Rio de Janeiro, which became part of his artistic name. In 1976, his samba-enredo “Sonhar Com o Rei dá Leão” gave him the first title in the Rio Carnaval. Since then, the samba school has won 12 parade competitions, making Neguinho da Beija-Flor one of the most popular Carnaval figures of Brazil.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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