José Mário Branco is a portuguese musician and composer.
He began his career under the portuguese fascist regime and was persecuted and exiled in France. He worked with José Afonso and Sérgio Godinho, among other proeminent names of portuguese music.
With a strong personality and a rarely seen coherence in his resistent's beliefs he worked also for theatre and cinema. Some of his most known works are "Ser Solid(t)ário", "Margem de Certa Maneira", "A noite" and the iconic "FMI", where the portuguese revolutionary movement, with his dreams and frustrations, finds a musical synthesis. This last work, according to the author cannot be played in radios, TV or any other kind of public broadcast. Not withstanding, "FMI" is, probably, his most well known work.