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date: 30 May 2020

Aragão, Jorge da Cruzlocked

(1949– ), Afro-Brazilian samba singer and composer,
  • Juliet Montero Brito

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was born in the Padre de Miguel suburb of Rio de Janeiro on 1 March 1949. He is married to Fatima Santos and has two daughters, Vania and Tania. From a very young age Aragão took an interest in music and in 1976 he moved to Cacique do Ramos, a block in Rio where a distinct style of samba music, pagoda or samba caciqueana, had emerged.

In Portuguese, the word “pagoda” means party, a reunion of family and friends where dancing and singing samba takes place. Cacique do Ramos was the place where pagoda as a cultural movement started in 1960 and the block was founded in 1961, whose leader is Ubirajara Felix do Nascimiento, popularly known as Bira Presidente Bira with other famous musicians like Arlindo Cruz and Jorge Aragão among others gathered on the streets and spontaneously began to play a new style of ...

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