Martinho da Vila
”I’d like to be able to touch the audience with my music, bring a bit of home to the Brazilians and make it a joyous event for everyone.”
Martinho da Vila
A prolific songwriter, with over 40 studio albums spanning 50 years, Martinho da Vila is internationally recognised as one of the most influential samba artists of all time. Responsible for some of Brazil’s most cherished songs, he taps into a plethora of genres including bossa nova, traditional samba, regional Brazilian rhythms such as partido alto and samba de roda and also more contemporary pop fusions.
Martinho da Vila began his music career writing samba de enredos – songs performed by samba schools at carnival. He has since remained loyal to his samba school roots. After decades he remains a key representative and songwriter for one of the most traditional Rio samba schools, Vila Isabel, where his nickname ‘da Vila’ comes from.
Outside of his music career, Martinho da Vila is also a revered journalist, researcher, cultural activist and author of 13 books. He’s conducted extensive research on Afro-Brazilian musical influences and history as well as Lusophone music worldwide. Since the 1970’s, he’s been a central mediator in Brazil-Africa cultural exchanges, in particular with Angola, and has received several honorary titles and awards for his Pan-Brazil/Africa and Lusophone musical initiatives.
Martinho da Vila commented: “Performing in London is something to really live up to – both in terms of impressing the local audience as well as the Brazilians that live there. I’d like to be able to touch the audience with my music, bring a bit of home to the Brazilians and make it a joyous event for everyone.”
Martinho da Vila is set to undoubtedly energise both Brazilian and local audiences on his return to Europe in 2019, with a set list that includes hits such as Canta canta minha gente and Pelo telefone, widely considered the first ever recorded samba (composed by Donga in 1917), that da Vila gave new life with his reinvention of the song on his record Origens. More info and tickets available soon!