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Biography

One of the singers and composers of the samba-canção era intuitively connected with the soon-to-be stylistic revolution of bossa nova, Tito Madi (Chauki Maddi - 7/18/1929 Pirajuí, SP) anticipated several features of this movement in the sophisticated harmonies of his influential compositions and relaxed vocal renditions, recorded on 44 albums. His first big hit and one of his biggest ever, "Chove Lá Fora" was recorded in 1957, and was also highly praised by critics and awarded several times. The song was also recorded with success by the Platters and Della Reese in the U.S. under the title "It's Raining Outside." The Platters also recorded his "Quero-te Assim" ("I Wish") and "Rio Triste" ("Sad River"). "Balanço Zona Sul" is another of his most important classics, followed by "Menina Moça" (Luís Antônio), "Canção dos Olhos Tristes," "Chove Outra Vez" (with Romeu Nunes), "Sonho e Saudade," and "Amor e Paz."

Among his most important albums it can be mentioned the four volumes of his A Fossa, recorded respectively in 1971, 1972, 1973, and 1974. He continues to perform, and signed with the Dubas label in 2001, the same year he released Ilhas Cristais.

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