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Tonico & Tinoco

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Tonico & Tinoco were a traditional brazilian caipira (country) music duo formed by brothers João Salvador Perez (Tonico) and José Perez (Tinoco), that together released 83 albums and made more than 40,000 live performances.

From spanish, afro-brazilian and indian ascendance, the duo learned to sing traditional caipira songs in their childhood in the countryside of Botucatu,SP.

In the late-1930s the duo started to make sporadic radio appearences, but their popularity only increased on the early 1940s, when they won a viola contest promoted by a radio station from São Paulo.

Tonico & Tinoco first single (“Em Vez de Me Agardecê”) was released in 1945, by the Continental label.

With a constant presence in TV and radio shows (they appeared in the first TV transmission in Brazil, in 1950), repeated live performances and sucessive album releases, the duo maintained a national popularity along the following decades, making even some appearences in brazilian movies, as “A Marca da Ferradura” (1969), “Luar do Sertão” (1972) and “A Marvada Carne”(1984), and hosting a tv show called “Na Beira da Tuia”, with promoted dozens of brazilian caipira music composers and performers.

The duo continued to play together until Tonico’s death in 8-13-1994, due to complications caused by a domestic accident. After his brother’s departure, Tinoco continued to make shows and release albums, solo or accompanied by his son or other caipira music performers.

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