ORLANN DIVO (Itajaí / SC, August 5, 1937 - Rio de Janeiro, February 8, 2017)

            He was interested in bagpipes since childhood, Orlandivo Honório de Souza and his family arrived in Rio de Janeiro in the 1940s, going to live in the port area of the city, since his father was an employee of the Merchant Navy. With the separation of the couple, moved to live with his mother in a hotel room in the Campo do Santana, and at age 13, he went to work as a dinghy in the old "dust" theaters of Lapa and its surroundings.

When meeting the future comedian Paulo Silvino (still under the name of Silvino Júnior), they became friends and partners in LP Nova Geração in Ritmo de Samba (label Copacabana, 1960), with songs Cinderela in 3-D and A Fábula Que Educa (the one co-authored by Eumir Deodato). In the same year, he had his first solo compositions recorded, Sei É Ruim and Gilda, by the Golden Boys, Young Guard's quartet (Copacabana label). At that time, he discovered Zona Sul and his most constant partner Roberto Jorge, informally performing at the doors of the dance nightclubs Drink (Djalma Ferreira) and Arpége (Waldir Calmon), which influenced his career.

The following year, he released a double compact (Musidisc label), with the author's come Pro Samba, Amor Vai e Vem, and Samba Toff, Summer Days (with Roberto Jorge), which gave rise to Orlandivo LP: The Key to Success Musidisc, 1962), a landmark in his career, with the "bunch of keys" acting on improvisations in marking a samba, as well as notable arrangements of master Ed Lincoln. It is also worth mentioning, Chavinha (with Roberto Jorge) and the classic Jura (Sinhô), among others. Afterwards, the album Orlandivo (Musidisc, 1963), in which accompanied by Ed Lincoln (organ), Watel Branco (guitar), always with much balance, interpreted pearls like: Zezinho, Afim de Você, Saudade In His Place ( Partnerships with Roberto Jorge), Jugando de Samba (with Celso Murilo).

The peculiar and engaging rhythm of Orlandivo continued to rise with the edition of Samba In Parallel (Musidisc, 1965), when presenting the lyrics Paralelo (with Roberto Jorge), Beleza Não Vai Alive (with Durval Ferreira), and the repertoireheading Desfolhando A Margarida (Haroldo Barbosa, Luis Reis), Leaves The Nega Gingar (Luis Cláudio de Castro), citing only a few tracks. In 1968, he participated as a vocalist of the dancefloor LP Ed Lincoln (Savoya Disco), in addition to including several songs of his own: Waldemar, Se Correr O Bicho Pega (the ones with Devel), and others. After working for some years in the production of records and vignettes for several Radios, he returned to the market in style with the album Orlandivo (Copacabana, 1977), where we paned in the 12 tracks: Tudo Joia (with Durval Ferreira), Tamanco No Samba (with Helton Menezes), Palladium (with Ed Lincoln), the classic A Felicidade (Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes) and his megassucesso Bolinha de Sabão (with Adilson Azevedo), besides count on the presence of notable musicians like João Donato (arrangements and keyboards ), Durval Ferreira (guitar, guitar), Sivuca (accordion), Copinha (flute), Chico Batera, among other "beasts". In the 1980s and 1990s, with his band Ipanema Dance, he played almost all week in various venues, mainly in clubs in Rio.

In 2004, he participated in a memorable concert at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB), produced by musician and composer Henrique Cazes, alongside Doris Monteiro, Miltinho, Claudette Soares and Ed Lincoln. In the following year, he released the CD Orlandivo: Sambaflex (label Deckdisc), where in addition to some great re-readings, he presented unpublished in his expressive repertoire, such as: Sambaflex (with Beto Cazes), Boogie Woogie Na Favela (Denis Brean) Funds (with Roberto Jorge), Doralice (Dorival Caymmi), Rosa Morena (Dorival Caymmi). In 2011, the tireless Orlandivo performed at the Center of Reference of Carioca Music in Tijuca, accompanied by musicians Jean Charnaux (guitar), Haroldo Cazes (bass), Rubinho Moreira (drums), Cesar Ferreira (guitar), with exquisite interpretations of the omnipresent Soledad (with Adilson Azevedo), Hô-ba-la-lá (João Gilberto), and Miss Balanço (with Helton Menezes), Talked So Much To You, these duo with the young and talented singer Amanda Bravo Durval Ferreira). Mixing samba and bossa nova, with the rhythm in the right dosage, Orlandivo, a singer of a nasal voice, became the King of Sambalanço, taking his dance music to Europe, mainly in the London discos.

When he died, months before he was 80 years old, when he was planning a new CD with João Donato, he finished another brilliant page in the history of our popular music.


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