ALCIONE (São Luis / MA, November 21, 1947)

            As a child, Alcione Dias Nazaré learned how to play wind instruments (frevo and choro) with his father, a band master of the city's Military Police. Living in a musical environment, he began to admire Angela Maria, Dalva de Oliveira, Elizeth Cardoso, Núbia Lafayette and the green and pink of Mangueira. Pressed by her father, she attended Normal School, graduated as a primary teacher, and taught for two years.

Determined to be a singer, in 1968 she moved to Rio (where an aunt and a brother lived). When looking for its independence, it began to work like saleswoman of record store, and it obtained a vacancy to live in Copacabana. Then he started singing in Rio night (Beco das Garrafas), and participate in the program of freshmen TV Excelsior. In 1970, he traveled to Europe, settling in Italy, where he lived for two years. On his return, he went to São Paulo to perform at the Blow-Up nightclub where, through Jair Rodrigues, he recorded his first simple compact (Philips label, 1972), with samba Figa de Guiné (Reginaldo Bessa, Nei Lopes) and O Sonho Acabou (Gilberto Gil), with little repercussion at the time.

In 1973, he toured Mexico (singing and playing his trumpet), and Portugal (Festival of Portuguese Music). In 1975, he recorded the first LP A Voz do Samba (Philips label), in which he recorded the mega-hit "Do not Let Samba Morrer" (by Édson and Aloísio), as well as other such as O Surdo (Totonho, Paulinho Rezende) , "Espera" (Batatinha, Ederaldo Gentile), "Todo Mundo Quer" (Ismael Silva). From then on, she did not stop with the album "Alerta Geral" (Philips, 1978), name of the musical program of Rede Globo, directed by her, among the pearls: Profecia (Candeia), Zelão (Sergio Ricardo) Samba de breque "I Am A Marrom" (Roberto Corrêa, Sylvio Sion). The following year, Alcione: "Gostoso Veneno" (Philips label), besides the band that baptizes the album (by Wilson Moreira, Nei Lopes), enchants to hear "Lovers of the Night" (Dida, Dedé da Portela), "Rio Old "(Nonato Buzar, Chico Anysio)," Quero Sim "(Darcy da Mangueira, Leci Brandão). In the 80's, always doing what he likes, recorded by RCA Victor: "Let's Go Away" (1982), with highlights: "Gale of Life" (Noca da Portela, Délcio Carvalho), "Edital" (Almir Guineto, Luverci Ernesto ), "Verde E Rosa" (Silvio César); "Almas & Corações" (1983): When he sings "Any Day Of These" (Reginaldo Bessa), "Rapsódia da Saudade" (Toco), author's participation, "Regresso" (Amilcar Cabral, from Cape Verde and José Agostinho, ; "The Color of Brazil" (1984): includes "Good Life" (Zé Katimba, Serjão), "Forrofiar" (Luiz Gonzaga, João Silva) participation of Luiz Gonzaga, "The Light of the Winner" (Candeia, Luiz Carlos da Vila ), and others.

In the decade of 90, already by the seal BMG-Ariola, the relentless Alcione marked new successes in the CDs "Emoções Reais" (1990), "Promise" (1991), "Pulsa Coração" (1992). Then by the label BMG Brasil: Brazil by Oliveira da Silva do Samba (1994), "Cantora profissional" (1995), "Tempo de Guarnicê" (1996), the label Polygram: "Valeu" (1997), "Celebração" (1998), and the exhilarating "Claridade": a tribute to Clara Nunes (Globo / Universal, 1999), where he recalls: "Juízo Final" (Nelson Cavaquinho. Élcio Soares), "Conto de Areia" (Romildo Bastos, Toninho Nascimento), "Feira de Mangaio" (Sivuca, Glorinha Gadelha). The new century marked the first live album of the singer: Alcione: "Nos bares da Vida" (Universal, 2000), with a true national selection of musicians, besides João Lyra (guitar), Belôba and Esguleba (percussion) (Bidu Reis, Haroldo Barbosa), "Neste mesmo Lugar" (Klécius Caldas, Armando Cavalcanti), "Ilusão À Toa" (Johnny Alf) with Rildo Hora in the ("Aracho"), "Lamento Sertanejo" (Dominguinhos, Gilberto Gil), "Mel Na Boca" (David Correia) and "Carinhoso" (Pixinguinha, João Of Barro). With numerous awards in gold and platinum records, he won the 2003 Latin Grammy, in the category of best samba album with Alcione Ao Vivo (Indie Records label), through which they parade: "Sufoco" (Chico da Silva, Antônio José) , "O que que eu faço amanhã" (José Augusto), "Nem Morta" (Michael Sullivan, Paulo Massadas), "Que Maravilha" (Jorge Ben, Toquinho), "My Vice Is You" (Chico Roque, Carlos Colla) "A Loba" (Paulinho Resende, Juninho Peralva).

In 2005, Alcione's versatility gained other colors with the Indie Records CD, retaining her unshakable prestige as a great performer as in the bolero Causa Perdida (Rosa Passos, Aldir Blanc), in the relaxed samba Meu Ébano (de Nenéo And Paulinho Rezende), and in the romantic "One and Others" (Serginho Meriti, Claudinho Guimarães), "Se Não É Amor" (Luciana Browne, Carlos Colla). A green and pink heart samba singer, celebrating 40 years of his career in 2012, Alcione has released for the record company Biscoito Fino the CD Duas Faces, live in Mangueira, brings special guests like Jorge Aragão in Na Same Proportion (by Nilton Barros e Jorge Aragão), Diogo Nogueira in "Poder da Criação" (by João Nogueira and Paulo César Pinheiro), as well as his favorite songs: "Mulher Bombeiro" (by Ney Lopes and Ruy Quaresma), Duas Faces (by Altay Veloso). Alcione "falls in the samba" and presents: "Brazilian Product" (Xande de Pilares, Gilson Bernini, Brazil do Quintal), "Sentence" (Serginho), with a suggestive title "Eterna Alegria" (Biscoito Fino, 2013) Meriti, Claudemir, Ricardo Morais), "Equal Rights" (Sereno, André Renato) as well as the title track, by Júlio Alves, Carlos Jr, Ramirez and Alex Almeida. His most recent work, Alcione live in big dates (Biscoito Fino, 2015), in addition to compilations, shared the microphone pleasantly with Djavan (Capim), Victor and Leo (Romaria, Renato Teixeira), Áurea Martins Dolores Duran, Ribamar). A multi-faceted singer, from contemporary samba to romantic songs, samba de roda and forró, with a strong and striking voice, also called Marrom, in love with her hometown and Rio de Janeiro as the Christ the Redeemer welcomed her with open arms.


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