Chico Buarque

Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Francisco Buarque de Hollanda, 19 July 1944, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One of Brazil’s most renowned songwriters, Buarque is both immensely popular and artistically innovative. Although he emerged alongside tropicalista artists such as Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil during the turbulent 60s, he never adopted their self-conscious, pop-orientated approach or their taste for cultural cut-and-paste; instead he aligned himself with the musical tradition of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius De Morães, while at the same time testing its limits. Initially criticized by the more outwardly radical tropicália camp, he eventually became, like them, a cornerstone of MPB (Música Popular Brasileira), and through the years his songs have been recorded by countless performers. From early on, as the son of a prominent Rio family, Buarque was acquainted with artists and intellectuals; one of them was the poet and composer De Morães, who...

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