Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Oswaldo Lenine Macedo Pimentel, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. Considered one of the most intelligent composers and musicians in Brazil, singer and guitarist Lenine was widely praised during the 90s for his rejuvenation of Brazilian pop. Lenine moved to Rio de Janeiro at 18, carrying with him the roots and rhythms of his home town. Pernambuco is known for maracatu, a syncopated song and dance performed primarily during Carnaval. Lenine’s compositions incorporate the refrains of maracatu, integrating traditional rhythm and percussion with modern instruments and imagery. The author of four solid, innovative albums, Lenine has emerged as one of the strongest artists of Brazil’s new generation of musicians. His complex compositions based on traditional Brazilian styles and rhythms often incorporate contemporary sounds, including techno and electronica, creating an immediate appeal to today’s listeners. His albums, including duo albums with Lula Queiroga and...

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