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Baden Powell de Aquino was born in Varre-e-Sai in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His father, a scouting enthusiast, named him after Robert Baden-Powell. When he was three, his family relocated to a suburb in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The new surroundings proved profoundly influential. His house was a stop for popular musicians during his formative years. He soon started guitar lessons with Jayme Florence, a famous Choro guitarist in the 1940s. He proved a young virtuoso, having won many talent competitions before he was a teenager. At age fifteen, he was already playing professionally, accompanying singers and bands in various styles. As a youngster, he was fascinated by Swing and Jazz, but his main influences were firmly rooted in the Brazilian guitar canon.

He first achieved notoriety in 1959 by convincing Billy Blanco, who was an established singer and songwriter to put lyrics to one of his compositions. The result was called “Samba Triste” and very successful. It has been covered by many artists, including Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd in their seminal LP Jazz Samba.

In 1962, he met the poet-diplomat Vinicius de Moraes and began a collaboration that yielded some true classics of 1960s Brazilian music. Although Bossa Nova was the prevailing sound of the times, the partnership Baden-Vinicius wanted to transcend the form by syncretizing Afro-Brazilian forms such as Candomblé, Umbanda and Capoeira with Rio de Janeiro’s Samba forms.


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  • shakedatthang

    Currently working on a bossa nova'y drum & bass tune sampling both 'Violão vadio' and his cover of 'Shaddow Of Your Smie' and a spoken intro of his from one of his live records, awww ye.

    6 hours ago Reply
  • shakedatthang

    DrKerryKing. I have checked them out, thank you for your recommendations. Completely forgot to thank you for this.

    6 hours ago Reply
  • debrr

    mas é muito amor

    7 Jul 11:49am Reply
  • vturi

    Mestre da música brasileira.

    7 Jun 1:45am Reply
  • DrKerryKing

    @shakedatthang you should try looking at Luiz Bonfá's work from the 70's, as well as the work of Sebastião Tapajós, both were extremely good guitarrists, and in some way similar to Baden. Take a look at "Coisas" from Moacir Santos too.

    14 Apr 3:35am Reply
  • shakedatthang

    I'm not gonna go on some anti-mainstream spiel, because that's not what this is about. But can anyone turn me in the direction of some less slick bossa nova and something more raw and immediate like Baden Powell's work? I like the sounds of most of the big names in bossa just fine, but it's not the sleazy and slick sound I'm most interested in. Baden Powell is a world of his known to me in my appreciation of bossa and I'm looking for more of it.

    17 Jan 5:33pm Reply
  • ricz_dm

    Absolutamente genial. Eu gostaria de ter 1% do talento do mestre apenas, isso bastaria para me tornar feliz! E acho incrível como a arte dele foi tão pouco difundida e divulgada, perto do que realmente merecia. Uma ode ao mestre, que o tempo faça a correção necessária na história.

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • dgasparetti

    Tenho todos os 58 discos originais do Baden em mp3. Se alguém tiver interesse, é só me mandar uma mensagem :) I have all 58 original Baden albums in mp3. If anyone's interested, just give me a shout :)

    8 Oct 2014 Reply

    Este sonido ha de venir del cielo...!

    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • viictorngz

    néctar musical

    24 Jul 2014 Reply
  • viniciusazevedo

    eterno mestre

    28 Jan 2014 Reply
  • rottenbyinside

    Sua música soa aos ouvidos como nenhuma outra consegue. Acho que Baden, em uma questão melódica, só perde para Villa-lobos na música brasileira. Seu violão era algo assombrosamente lindo.

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • emiliano_barrom

    Sometimes I think he is the best of them all. I know no one is the best of them all, it is silly to think about that kind of stuff. He is so good and nobody can touch him. We were born to listen to those instrumentals in awe. Mr. Powell I salute you.

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
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    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ivinhav

    talento sim

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • BackInBahia

    O Brasil deve desculpas históricas a Baden Powell pela forma como sua arte foi pouco difundida internamente. Arte essa que tentou (e conseguiu, como poucas) retratar a alma e a formação deste mesmo país, mas que precisou viajar muitos quilômetros para receber o devido reconhecimento.

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • rodrigovillena

    "Ninguém tem nada de bom sem sofrer"

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • guedeswesley

    Minha inspiração musical ♥

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • marianaleontina

    Maravilhoso, incrível... não tem o que falar <3

    25 Oct 2012 Reply
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