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Jorge Mário da Silva, 8 June 1970, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, composer and actor Seu Jorge was raised in the slums of Rio, an upbringing he has referenced in both his music and film work. Abandoned to the streets at an early age, he survived by cleaning sidewalks and sleeping rough. His life turned around when a stranger gave him an old guitar. He began performing in bars around Rio, playing guitar and singing his own compositions. At the same time he worked as a jobbing actor in local plays, performing with the Tuerj theatrical company. His first notable break came in 1998 when he wrote and performed on the debut album by Farofa Carioca, a samba pop band he had joined in the mid-90s. The positive press generated by Moro No Brasil led to a solo recording contract and a chance to collaborate with noted hip-hop producer Mario Caldato. The ensuing Samba Esporte Fino was released in 1999. The album, a charming collection...