CARMEN COSTA (Trajano de Morais / RJ, January 5, 1920 - Rio de Janeiro, 4/25/2007)

            The parents of Carmelita Madriaga (her real name) were sharecroppers on a farm in the town of Santa Maria de Madalena and, as a child, she worked as a maid in a Protestant family home, learned to sing religious hymns, already revealing her talent for music . As if that were not enough, in 1935, moving to Rio, she continued her role as a domestic, now in the house of the singer Francisco Alves. Two years later, when he met the composer Henricão, he received the artistic name of Carmen Costa, starting his professional career.

In 1939, he recorded the first 78 rpm (Odeon label), including the samba Onde Está O Dinheiro, duo with the aforementioned author Henricão. A double-dose success came in 1942 with the traditional "Estando A Hora" (adaptation of Henricão and Rubens Campos) and the samba choro Só Vendo Que Beleza, authored by the same ones mentioned on side 1 (Victor label), which earned him a contract with National Radio, in its "golden era". When marrying an American, in 1945, she traveled to the United States, where she made some success, deserving the title of Ambassador of the Samba, as recorded, later in the LP published in 1963 (Copacabana label), including some versions Of American classics, besides the sambas Madrugada Zero Hora (Dora Lopes, Genival Melo) and Melancolia (Denis Brean).

In the 50's, back in Brazil, new hits were recorded, mostly by Mirabeau (Copacabana label, 78 rpm) as: the Cachaça (with Lucio de Castro, Heber Lobato, Marinósio Filho) duo with Colé, Tem Nego Bebo (With Airton Amorim), Sambas Can not Stir (with Ferreira Lima), News Headlines and Sacode A Lapela (those with Jorge Gonçalves), Operário (with Vieira Jr), Morena Sou Eu (with Milton de Oliveira), Jarro da Saudade (with Daniel Barbosa, Geraldo Blota), Drama of Love (with Don Madrid), Indecision (by Paquito, Romeu Gentil), Como Eu Corei (with Nelinho, Colatino), Tears of Blood (with Pedro de Almeida, Don Madrid), and the sambas song Busto Calado (Rubens Silva, Maestro Cipó), Not Just Wear Skirt (Ricardo Galeno), Reencontro (Cícero Nunes, Izaulino Silva), If You Want Me Well with Mirabeau (from this with Jorge Gonçalves). Still in this decade, he participated in some films like Carnival On Mars (by Watson Macedo, 1955) and After Me Conto (by José Carlos Burle, 1956). In 1957, her debut LP Carmen, in which the singer shines in the samba song Devo A Você (Mirabeau, Jorge Gonçalves) and in the samba Vanity (Roberto Faissal), was released by the Collage Series nº 2 (Copacabana). In the 60's, he performed several shows in the United States, accompanied by master accordionist Sivuca.

In 1971 he released the album Ziriguidum No Sambão (RCA, BMG), with the immortal March of the Cord of the Black Ball (Vicente Paiva, Nelson Barbosa), the samba affixed Has Bobo Pra Tudo (JC da Silva, M. Brigadeiro), and still The "revival" of sambas If I Die Tomorrow (Garcia Júnior, Jorge Martins) and The Woman of Lino (Luiz Gonzaga, Miguel Lima). In 1973, he celebrated his 30th career (recording RCA Victor), reinterpreting the hits Quase (Jorge Gonçalves), I Am Another (Ricardo Galeno), Obsession (Mirabeau, Milton de Oliveira), and presenting unpublished Gente Humilde (Garoto, Vinicius de Moraes, Chico Buarque), The Flower and the Espinho (Nelson Cavaquinho, Guilherme de Brito, A. Caminha). He also participated alongside Ismael Silva from the show "Você Você Jurar", written by Ricardo Cravo Albin, premiered at Teatro Paiol in Curitiba, and later performed in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The following year he recorded with the great singer Paulo Marquez, The Music of Paulo Vanzolini (Marcus Pereira discs), featured Ronda, Smiles, and duo Woman Who Does not Give Samba and Teima Quem Quer.

In 1980, another notable release was Carmen Costa (Continental), in a repertoire of the classics Dama do Cabaré (Noel Rosa), Doll of Pano (Assis Valente), The World Is A Mill (Cartola). In 1981, João Caetano Theater, with the show Project Six and Half, received the pair Agnaldo Timóteo & Carmen Costa, recorded live for the album In the Gallery of Love (EMI-Odeon), when there was no shortage of applause in the solos of his Repertoire: Under Measure (Chico Buarque), I Need to Learn to Be Only (Gilberto Gil), Defense (Mirabeau, Jorge Gonçalves, Vital de Oliveira). A talented singer, versatile in many rhythms, Carmen Costa received in 2003 a homage from the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro as cultural heritage of Brazil.


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