LUIZ HENRIQUE (Rio de Janeiro, February 9, 1972)

            He was born in a hospital in Tijuca, and less than a year old, lived with his mother in the neighborhood of Fátima, where he spent his childhood, "tuned" on AM radio stations, looking for the idols Ângela Maria, Cauby Peixoto and Nelson Gonçalves. From the side of samba he was delighted with the interpretations of Roberto Ribeiro, Benito de Paula and Clara Nunes, plus Wilson Simonal, Elza Soares and Leny Andrade, as well as authors like Noel Rosa, Lupicínio Rodrigues, Ary Barroso, Jair Amorim and Evaldo Gouveia. With this well-assembled selection of musical stars, young Luis Eduardo Silva Nunes Andrade formed, without realizing, what would be the basis for his future career as a singer and composer.

In 1985, he moved to Nova Friburgo where he stayed for five years and participated in some serenas. Already involved in the music, he recorded the CD Provocante (seal ABC, 1998), when he included romantic songs and sambas, such as Solitude Will Be My Pair (Now that you have taken care of my being / abandon me, Goodbye ...), and A Song A More (... what will become of me? / Delusions embalmed my desires / and not even the false kisses could have in me / to deceive the pain, a world of love alone ...) of the portelense Manoel Vargas. It was also at this time that he met the radio broadcaster Adelzon Alves, and presented himself in his popular radio program MEC / AM. Law student, graduated in 2003 from the Fluminense Federal University of Niterói.

Around 2002, he became friends with the singer Emilinha Borba, participating in his last two albums Emilinha Pinta and Borba (Timbre label, 2003), which included two of his compositions Grandes Mitos (participation by Cauby Peixoto) and Lugar Comum, That deserved duet with the artist; In Boca da Folia (Independente, 2005) acting as an interpreter and author, in several tracks. His artistic trajectory began to have definitive outlines, when in 2010, after careful research, Luiz Henrique released the important double album A Sinhô Composer: José Barbosa da Silva - eight decades of saudade (Independent, without commercialization). In volume 1 (Who Are They?) Presents lesser-known interpretations of the honoree, such as Moreira da Silva in A Thousand and One Troubles (coautoria of Wilson Batista), Joel Teixeira with Zezé Motta in Do not Want to Know More of It, Dercy Gonçalves in the classic Jura , As well as the pioneer Baiano in the title track. In volume 2 (Sinhô I Sing Like It) Luiz offers, in the right rhythm: Love One Woman Only, Come See Alone, Reminiscences of the Past, The Measure of the Lord of Bonfim, among other pearls.

In a new expressive release, Luiz Henrique hit once again with his brilliant CD Pro Samba Que Noel Me Convidou (Independente, 2013), including less constant partnerships of the "Poet of the Village": with Canuto (Forget and Forgive), Henrique Brito Your Portrait), Antenor Gargalhada (I've Been Badly), and rare pieces from other authors like Lost My Pandeiro (Candido das Neves), Destiny Is God Who Gives (Nilton Bastos), Wrong Strike (Francisco Matoso), You Cry (Whiteness). The following year, he joined the composers' wing of Império Serrano, a school that definitely won his heart as a samba player when he performed on the samba-style "samba" wheels at weekends.

In 2015, he completed his trilogy of "Bambas do Samba", recording the historical CD Luiz Henrique: The Silas Empire, the first to contemplate only the brilliant work of the greatest composer of the "green and white" school of Serrinha hill. It is unbelievable that it took 43 years, counting from his premature death, so that the singer could courageously and competently take on this arduous task, presenting us with a beautiful record, presented by Marilia Trindade Barboza, biographer of the master Silas de Oliveira.

It is possible to collect some pearls, such as: sambas de quadra The Empire Tocou Reunir, Adventurous Love, (those with Mano Décio), My Drama (with J. Ilarindo), and the sambas-plot Heroes of Freedom (Mano Décio, Manoel Ferreira) In Duo with Jorginho do Império, The Five Balls of the History of Rio (by Yvone Lara and Bacalhau), Brazilian Watercolor (Silas de Oliveira), counting in the final apotheosis with special participation of the Old Guarda Show.

As a civil servant, Luis has been working normally in Rio de Janeiro without, however, ceasing to be the samba singer and composer Luiz Henrique, who with talent and dedication is deservedly winning his place in Brazilian popular music.


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