BIRA DA VILA (Duque de Caxias / RJ, January 8, 1963)

            Son of Sr. Jair, a passer by the extinct school Cartolinhas de Caxias, to whom he composed, at the age of 14, his first samba O Malandrinho (if I were a watercolor painter / I would make a canvas to immortalize / Walking), the young Ubirajara Silva de Souza foreshadowed his career as a singer, composer and percussionist. Two years later, in a samba round at the Zezinho Bar, next to the Clube Recreativo Caxiense, Bira soon began to stand out and feel the pleasure of singing and playing his tambourine.

In 1982, he met the late composer Luiz Carlos da Vila, the great promoter and partner of the great samba, Leva, released in 2008 by Zeca Pagodinho (nominated for the Brazilian Music Award for best song the following year). In 1993, she had the first composition Sorriso de Banjo (coautoria of Fidélis Marques and Melodia Costa), recorded by Jovelina Pérola Negra very successfully on the album Vou Na Fé (RGE label). In 1998, he presented, for an enthusiastic audience at the extinct Teatro da Praia in Copacabana, the show Nova Matriz, when he sang only sambas. From then on it did not stop anymore, always present in events of the Riotur, and in other projects in Rio and adjacencies.

In 2002, Bira composedVentos da Liberdade (partnership with Riko Dolireo), which is about the end of the civil war in Angola, always played in the official radios of the country. His precious debut album Canto da Baixada (Independente), recorded in 2005 (with great local musicians and participation by Zeca do Trombone and Nilze Carvalho, in the mandolin) was released only in 2010, after much struggle. A record of great importance for the history of our popular music, the result of many years of research, the artistic production of the radio journalist Adelzon Alves, rescues notable composers from the Baixada Fluminense, region of great artistic potential, so forgotten by the politicians, Occasions, presenting, among other sneaks: Osório Lima (com Deus da Música, década de 1950), Sérgio Fonseca, Evandro Lima e Catoni (com Os Arcos, 1998), Anésio e Wilson Bombeiro (com De Seca À Meca, 1971), Manoel Santana (com Se É Pecado Sambar, 1950), In addition to Beth Carvalho's special guest appearances O Daqui O Dali E O De Lá (de Bira da Vila e Serginho Meriti, 2001), e de Luiz Carlos da Vila e Adelzon Alves em Paz Na Terra (de Bira da Vila, Serginho Meriti e Claudinho Guimarães, 2001). As a contentious participant in the celebrated samba rhythm of Renascença Clube, he was present on the debut CD Samba do Trabalhador (Lua Music, 2005), Interpreting the aforementioned O Daqui O Dali E O De Lá (É preciso mexer, misturar/ o daqui, o dali e o de lá/ pois o nosso tempero/ tem samba, tem xote/ tem frevo, embolada, balada, ijexá/ bota a banda pra tocar...).

In 2013, Bira da Vila started at the Teatro Raul Cortez in the center of Duque de Caxias, a series of performances of the show 15 Anos do Meu Samba, with the participation of the band Sakode and the friends Délcio Carvalho and Wanderley Monteiro, who Next year in important stages such as the Municipal Center of Reference of the Carioca Music in Tijuca, Baden Powell Room in Copacabana.Bira da Vila has been appearing in the international scene, already known in France and Venezuela, performing great shows of his serious work, Comprehensive and consistent in the wealth of the most varied national rhythms. Save warrior Bira! It is an honor to merit your friendship!


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