17 October 1922, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, d. 12 January 2001, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. As a child Bonfá taught himself to play guitar but soon undertook formal studies. In the 40s he sang and played with groups such as the Quitandinha Serenaders, and was heard on radio. By the early 50s he was highly respected as a solo performer and his international breakthrough came when he played on a 1953 album released in conjunction with Vinícius De Morães play Orfeu Da Conceição, which was the basis for the Marcel Camus film, Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) (1958). Camus chose Bonfá and Antonio Carlos Jobim to write the soundtrack music; Bonfás contribution included the timeless Manhã De Carnaval.
From the late 50s Bonfá performed regularly in New York City and as bossa nova caught on internationally, he performed at 1962s Carnegie Hall Bossa Nova Festival. In the...
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