Artist Focus – Dorival Caymmi

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Born in Salvador, Bahia in 1914, Dorival Caymmi taught himself to play guitar as a teenager, before performing on local radio stations. Early success winning song competitions and composing for Carmen Miranda saw Caymmi move to Rio De Janeiro in 1938 to become a journalist for a newspaper, continuing his music outside work commitments.

As Caymmi’s popularity grow through further radio performances, his first singles were released with the Odeon label beginning a 60 year career of albums and concerts.

Caymmi’s vast songbook contributed to the birth of Bossa Nova, with compositions such as Rosa Morena, Saudade da Bahia, Samba da Minha Terra & Doralice all being remodelled in João Gilberto’s early albums. These songs and more of Caymmi’s compositions would become part of Gilberto’s repertoire over the rest of the 20th Century.

Baden Powell’s beautiful arrangements of ALendado Abaeté (1968), Dora (1970) & O Mar (1972) are…

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