Martinho da Vila is a Brazilian singer and composer who is considered to be one of the main representatives of samba and MPB. He is a prolific songwriter, with hundreds of recorded songs across over 40 solo albums. He also has many songs that were recorded by singers from different musical genres.
Internationally celebrated artists such as Nana Mouskouri, Ornella Vanoni, Katia Guerreiro, Rosario Flores have put their voices to Martinho’s songs and lyrics.
As a singer, he is considered by critics as one of the top exponents of samba to have ever lived. Among his many national collaborations, a few notable names are Zeca Pagodinho, Arlindo Cruz, Chico Buarque, Beth Carvalho, Noel Rosa, Alcione, among others. Furthermore, Martinho composed some of the most important samba enredos and has forged a solid partnership with the Vila Isabel samba school.
In spite of being a self-taught singer / songwriter with no academic background, Martinho has a great connection with classical music.
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