Luiz Bandeira – Crooner & Composer


“Luiz Bandeira was a Pernambucan singer, musician and composer, born on 25th of December, 1923, in Recife. He spent part of his childhood in Maceió, Alagoas, where he participated in repentista groups at local street markets. His artistic career began in 1939, on a program for newbies on Rádio Clube de Pernambuco, which contracted him just after where he was a violinist, radio-actor and orquestra singer.

In 1950, he moved to Rio de Janeiro where he opened up as an orquestra singer at the Copacabana Palace; he also worked at the Rádio Nacional (one of the biggest radio stations of the time). At that time, Luiz Bandeira composed Na cadência do samba, also known as Que bonito é, which was a soccer themed song for many years put on by a cinematic news company (where one would go to the theater to see soccer matches), the famous Canal 100.

Bandeira is considered one of the greatest frevo composers, author of the frevo songs Voltei Recife (below) and É de fazer chorar, better known as Quarta-feira ingrata. Besides carnival music, he also is behind a few of the recorded hits of Luiz Gonzaga, Onde tu tá, Neném; by Clara Nunes, Viola de Penedo, and many other MPB names.

During his career he recorded some records and won awards for composing frevos. At the end of the 80s, he retired and returned to Recife, where he remained until his death, on the 22nd of February, 1998, a Carnival Sunday.”

Source: ANDRADE, Maria do Carmo. Luiz Bandeira. Pesquisa Escolar Online, Fundação Joaquim Nabuco, Recife.


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