Jorge Ben is a Brazilian
musician born March 22, 1942, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (in 1988, Ben changed his name to Jorge Ben Jor
, due to the fact that the international rights for his songs were going to George Benson
). Jorge Ben, considered the father of Brazilian soul
(together with Tim Maia
, who came next), rose to fame with his album Samba Esquema Novo
(1963). His music has a very particular style, which fuses samba
; his lyrics blend humor and satire and is sometimes reminiscent of the themes of Rio de Janeiro's samba schools.