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Pena Branca & Xavantinho

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Pena Branca & Xavantinho (1962 - 1999) were the artistic names of José Ramiro Sobrinho e Ranulfo Ramiro da Silva, one of Brazil’s most original and artistic duos in sertaneja (country) music. The brothers were also celebrated for innovatively including in their repertory pieces by urban composers like Djavan, Caetano Veloso, and Milton Nascimento. Their version of “Cio da Terra” by Chico Buarque and Milton Nascimento became a big hit in the 1980s. The duo is partly responsible for taking sertaneja/country music to a more sophisticated urban audience, helping bring about respect and critical recognition to a genre that had been largely overlooked.

The quality of their interpretations was acknowledged by artists like Milton Nascimento, Fagner, Almir Sater, Tião Carreiro, and Renato Teixeira. They received four Prêmio Sharp awards and an APCA, the most prestigious awards in the Brazilian music industry. In 1993, their success took them to international performances in the U.S.

The two brothers started to sing together in 1961 on Rádio Educadora (Uberlândia, Minas Gerais). Six years later, Xavantinho moved to São Paulo, found a place to stay and, by letter, requested his brother’s presence one year later. In 1980, they were heard by Renato Teixeira, who arranged for them to record their first LP, Velha Morada, that same year. Still in 1980, they qualified Xavantinho’s “Que Terreiro É Esse?” on TV Globo’s MPB Shell Festival.

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  • Bisca

    cuitelinho ♥

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
  • mateuscks

    Me parece meio difícil achar material desses caras. Estou atrás da faixa O ciúme principalmente. Se alguem puder me dar um toque, agradecerei eternamente.

    14 Sep 2011 Reply
  • DennisRicley

    chora viola

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • gabiioiq

    A sua saudade corta como aço de navalha. O coração fica aflito: bate uma, a outra falha. Os olhos se enchem d`água, que até a vista se atrapalha. F.C. <3

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • fagnerluiz

    Descanse em paz, Pena Branca

    9 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Cattermol

    Nas palavras de Renato Teixeira, "a maior dupla caipira deste país"!

    6 Jun 2009 Reply
  • fagnerluiz

    E, o Sertão é o meu lugar Dos campos e matagais onde canta os passarinhos nas colinas das Gerais.

    2 Oct 2008 Reply

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