Paulinho da Viola
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Rio de Janeiro
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Paulinho da Viola has matured as gracefully as he plays and composes, from the kid into Brazil's elder statesman of samba, a living connection to Brazil's golden age of samba and an artist who never bowed to the foreign winds of crossover. For this his music today sounds as undated as it did in his early days of composing, at the beginning of the 1960s.
Paulinho da Viola is the realest deal. Born Paulo César Batista de Faria, son of César Farias, himself a member of Jacob do Bandolim's legendary Época de Ouro, Paulinho grew up surrounded by and playing choro in the salas and sambas in the quintais (backyards, so to speak) of Rio de Janeiro.
His first paying gig was at Cartola's Zicartola, a club in existence in Rio for only a couple of years or so but which left an indelible imprint in Brazilian musical history. That payment was bus fare to get him home at the end of the night and back the next evening to play.
Although shy by nature, Paulinho played on equal terms musically with the greats who'd come up through the twenties, thirties, forties and fifties, and today it can be said without exaggeration that he is truly a Brazilian national treasure.
He is founder of the Velha Guarda da Portela (and is quite naturalmente um portelense de coração!).
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