EDUARDO DAS NEVES
(Rio de Janeiro, 1874 - November 11, 1919)

            Firefighter and factory worker from Central do Brasil, Eduardo Sebastião das Neves was a poet, composer, singer, and popular in the early 20th century. In 1895, he became a soldier of the Military Fire Brigade, being excluded because he frequented bohemian wheels. He then worked as a guard of the old Central Railroad of Brazil, fired for having participated in a strike. He began to perform as a canonist in circuses and pavilions, always very much applauded. It gained fame by several Brazilian states, when displaying elegance of blue tuxedo and top hat, in the strumming of the pine, with its powerful voice: I am the creole Dudu of Snows ...

In 1900, he had his first collection of verses O Cantor de Modinhas, published by Livraria Quaresma. With the same editor, they followed: Malandragem Trovador (1902) and Mysteries of the Guitar (1905). With an extensive repertoire, he was one of the pioneers to record by Casa Edison, including his own, between 1904 and 1912: the lundus Caipira Paulista, Choro de Arrelia, And Me Nada ?, Father João, the songs Moreninha, O Aquidaban, modinha My Secret, fado The Marriage of Aninha, among many others of unknown authors. It is also possible to mention (from 1913, Odeon label), the songs signed by Catulo da Paixão Cearense: o xote Os Olhos Dela (with Irineu de Almeida), lundu O Corcunda, song A Choça do Monte, Eulina, her estranged daughter. His last records were for the carnival of 1919, with the samba confess My Good and Leave Of This Costume (both of Sinhô), in seal Odeon.

Upon his death, he left his son Candido das Neves "Índio", an excellent composer, as follower of his work. Eduardo das Neves was also contemplated with the historical LP The Pioneers - vol. 4 (Coronado, EMI-Odeon, 1977), with 14 tracks performed at 78 rpm still in the mechanical phase, highlighting the famous Isto É Bom (Xisto Bahia), Oh! Minas Gerais (traditional, adaptation of the song Neapolitan Vieni Sul Mar). In 2003, another important release, Odeon's History: 1902/1920 (EMI label) included from its repertoire: Cabuça do Caxangá (Catulo da Paixão Cearense) with the participation of Baiano and Júlia Martins, the song Luar do Sertão (João Pernambuco, Catulo da Paixão Cearense) and the northern song "O Meu Boi Morreu" (unknown author) with Baiano and choir.


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