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Ângela Maria

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During the ’50s, Ângela Maria (Abelim Maria da Cunha - 5/13/1928 Conceição de Macabu, RJ) was the most popular singer in Brazil, certified by IBOPE, a renowned institute dedicated to opinion research. Owner of a privileged voice and personal style of interpretation, Maria is regarded by many as the best singer of all time in that country, and successive musical movements such as bossa nova, Tropicália, and Jovem Guarda never succeeded in disturbing her career.

The daughter of a Protestant minister, she sang in church choirs from her childhood. She worked as a weaver, as her family was against her artistic wishes. Around 1947, she began to perform in radio, in novice shows like Pescando Estrelas (Rádio Clube do Brasil), Hora do Pato (Rádio Nacional), and in Ary Barroso’s show on Rádio Tupi. Always using the pseudonym Ângela Maria (which occulted her performances from her strict family), she performed as an amateur in the famous Trem da Alegria (by Lamartine Babo, Iara Sales, and Héber Bôscoli) on Rádio Nacional. The listeners’ good reception encouraged her to abandon her family and to try the career of singer. In 1948, she became the crooner of the Dancing Avenida, one of the most important gafieiras of Rio. Soon, she was hired by Rádio Mayrink Veiga. Her first recording came in 1951, with “Sou Feliz” (Augusto Mesquita/Ciro Monteiro) and “Quando Alguém Vai Embora” (Ciro Monteiro/Dias Cruz), for Victor. “Não Tenho Você,” by then-unknown composers Paulo Marques and Ari Monteiro, recorded in the next year, was her first hit.

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  • juuortiz

    vou ouvir ângela maria com acento mesmo

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • zecchin19

    O "Angela Maria" sem o acento deveria ter mais ouvintes! (?)

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
  • peterbucky

    Linda voz, mpb antiga é cheia de pérolas preciosas

    7 Jan 2011 Reply
  • fbelmont

    Minha Babalu, minha Cinderela, minha moça bonita.

    10 Aug 2010 Reply