ZECA BALEIRO (Arari / MA, April 11, 1966)

            With the most popular name (of patron saint of his home state), José Ribamar Coelho Santos at the age of eight moved with his family to São Luis, where his father opened a pharmacy. She liked to listen to the radio, to see her mother singing along with the guitar by her husband, as well as to appreciate emboladores, repentistas, circus people who worked in the streets. In this environment, he thought about being a musician while learning guitar, at the age of 16. In the 80's, he left the Agronomy course, when he participated in collective shows, and became known as Zeca Baleiro, due to his passion for sweets and candies, which led him to open a store in the city. At that time, he was part of a theater group, when he wrote his first children's text Quem Tem Medo de Curupira, later released and receiving the FEMSA / SP award from the children's theater. In 1991, he moved to São Paulo, Acting in night bars in São Paulo. Upon meeting the Paraibano Chico César, they became friends, partners and made several shows together.

In 1997, he released his first solo CD Zeca Baleiro: "Wherever Stephen Fry" (MZA Music label) will go, with visible displays of his enormous authorial and interpretative talent in songs such as "Bandeira", "Salão de Beleza", "Pedra Of Responsa (with Chico César), "Kid Vinil", winning the Sharp award for best music (Flag) and disc, both in the pop-rock category. In 1999, a milestone appeared in his career with the album Zeca Baleiro: "Vô Imbolá" (MZA Music), and was soon giving a message, in the track that gives the name to the album: "... neither a good wolf nor a bad lamb / (Sérgio Sampaio), "Disritmia" (Martinho da Vila), "Sérgio Sampaio", "Sérgio Sampaio" and "Sérgio Sampaio" And a sensational duet with Zeca Pagodinho in "Samba do Approach". Unmissable! With a more intimate and sophisticated proposal, Zeca released the CD "Líricas" (Universal Music, 2000), among which "Quase Nada" (with Alice Ruiz) and "Você Só Pensa Em Grana", "Benguela" , "Elevator Blues", these only with your signature.

In 2002, a new hit with "Pet Shop Mundo Cão" (MZA Music), to applaud: "My Tribe Is Me" (I'm not a Christian / I'm not an atheist / I'm not a Jap, I'm not a Chicano, I'm not European / I'm not a nigga, I'm not Jewish / I'm not from samba, I'm not from rock / my tribe is me ...), "Telegrama" (these lyrics), "I Made This Song" (with Mathilda Kóvak), "Son of Véia" (Luiz Américo, Braguinha). The following year, he opened a new partnership with CD Raimundo Fagner & Zeca Baleiro (Indie Records label). Among his contributions were: "Words and Silences" (co-author of Fausto Nilo), "Hotel Á Beira-Mar" , "From Here to There From Here to Here" (with Fagner and Torquato Neto), "Cantor de Bolero" (with Fagner and Fausto Nilo). Back in the romantic repertoire, with talent and inspiration, Zeca Baleiro recorded "Baladas do Asfalto" and "Other Blues" (MZA Music, 2005), album "Balada do Asfalto", "Alma Nova" , "Cigarette", "The Silence" (This night has no moon / I know why I saw with my eyes / beyond the lights that do not shine anymore / sleeps in the dark the moon ...).

Admirer of poetess Hilda Hilst, she composed several of her poems and used only female voices to play them on the album "Ode discontinuous and remote for flute and oboe" - from Ariana to Dionysus (Saravá Discos, 2005), with songs numbered in Roman numerals from I to X, and participations of singers like Ângela Ro Ro, Maria Bethânia, Mônica Salmaso, Ná Ozzetti. Another noteworthy release came with the Zeca Baleiro CDs: "The Heart of Man-Bomb," volume 1 and 2 (MZA Music, 2008), the first, irresistibly danceful, their messages are loaded with irony and mordancy: "You Do not Call I "(... you want to be my bad / but you know it could be my good), Vai de Madureira (... if you lack rosé sauce, in the palm I will finish / if there is no moet chandon, cachaça will catch. ..), "They for They" (... with Jurema I lived in Ipanema / with Estela I only lived in the favela ...) The second, still with a mixture of rhythms, but more intimate, brings the song "Era" (... It was Thanksgiving Day / in the square, everyone was dumb laughed / I do not understand what a grace / they think in a world that has collapsed ...), "Pastiche" (I had a dismantling workshop / I go out in the Apache tribe / I made a tip in the movie "The Rematch" / I contracted with Irene Ravache ...) and How I would say Odair, homage to his idol Odair José (Happiness is such a difficult thing / so difficult to get Uir / but from time to time it arrives ...).

The following year, he recorded "Zeca Baleiro live" (MZA label), with songs extracted from the discs already quoted "The Heart of Man-Bomb". The multifaceted composer presented in 2010 the album Trilhas: music for cinema and dance (Saravá Discos), which includes, among others: "Carmo" (from the soundtrack of the homonymous film by the Spanish director Murilo Pasta), "Xote do Edifício "(For the show Geraldas and Avencas, presented by the 1º Ato dance group of Belo Horizonte), the instrumental" Dances Dance "and the" Samba do Balacobaco ", the one in the voice of Zeca Baleiro (both for the dance show , Directed by the filmmaker Fernando Meirelles). Recorded live, at Teatro Fecap / SP, the CD Zeca Baleiro was released:! Concerto! (Saravá Discos, 2010), in a repertoire and admirable interpretations: "Boat" (Chico César), "A Depender de Mim" (author), "Autonomia" (Cartola), "Tiene Francesa No Morro" (Assis Valente).

In 2012, a perfect title "The Record of the Year" (Seal Free Sound) for the pearl glow as "Calma Aí Coração" (co-writing by Hyldon), "Nada Além" (with Roberto Frejat), "Nu" (Zeca Baleiro ), "Last Post" (with Sister Lúcia Santos) participation by Margareth Menezes, "She Does not Look Like Nobody" (author). Also in this year, Zeca Baleiro was published: "Lado Z", vol. 2 (MZA Music), a great collection of the singer's performances in other albums. It is worth listening to, among others: "Man With H" (Antônio Barros), "Por Causa de Você" (Tom Jobim, Dolores Duran), "Só" (Tom Zé) participation by Adriana Maciel, "Cry of the End of the World "(Coautoria of Flávio Henrique)," I also want to kiss "(Moraes Moreira, Pepeu Gomes, Fausto Nilo). In 2014, the relentless Zeca Baleiro released his first children-themed album "Zoró: Bichos Esquisitos", including guest appearances by friends like Fernanda Abreu (Joaninha Dark, Tatá Fernandes partnership), Tom Zé (Dona Dragonel, Antonio Rezende's partnership), In addition to a friendly bicharada focused on all 28 tracks, such as "Onça Pintada", "Calango do Calango", always with its signature. Also in 2014, he recorded "Calm there, heart - live" (seal Free Sound), basically includes repetecos of his repertoire.

In 2015, after two years of recording, award-winning percussionist and international percussionist Naná Vasconcelos (recently deceased), Paulo Lepetit, bass player and composer, together with Zeca Baleiro, signed 13 new compositions for the irresistible CD "Café No Bule" (SESC / SP) ), A festival of sounds and rhythms, to delight: "Batuque Na Panela", "Xote do Tarzan". Then came "Chão de Giz": Zeca Baleiro Canta Zé Ramalho (Som Livre, 2015), recorded live at the Castro Alves Theater in Salvador, pays a fair tribute to the composer from Paraíba (with countless hits), with irreplaceable re-readings, Accompanied by his new band Cavalos do Cão. In the repertoire selected, they are: "Beira Mar", "Chão de Giz", "Rent boy", "Brave New Cattle", "Avôhai", and much more. His last work, "Zeca Baleiro: Era Domingo" (Som Livre, 2016), with a totally new and authorial repertoire, highlighted: "Love Is Invention" (... you say that love is invention / of cinema and Song / you say that love / was made to sell / emotion packages / as if selling a cruise to Cancun / travels that take us / to nowhere ...), "Lately Nothing" (... all darkness to the Devil is light / I am not Jesus / but my cross / I already know how to carry ...). A brilliant career credited Zeca Baleiro, at the age of 40, to a prominent position in the new generation of Brazilian popular music, as a singular artist, multiple activities (singer, composer, writer, cultural producer), independent, lucid and honest in His concepts, not admitting labels and clichés, master in the treatment of words, revolutionary in his mix of various rhythms in the diversified regional tendencies, in a very personal and creative way.

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