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One of the primary names from the samba from Bahia, Batatinha studied music with conductor Santo Amaro and, between 1946 and 1947, presented his initial compositions in the Rádio Sociedade da Bahia (work by Antônio Maria in those days, who also encouraged the small sambista). In 1960, Jamelão documented his “Jajá Da Gamboa” (with José Bispo). In 1964, Maria Bethânia sang his “Diplomacia” (with J. Luna) in the popular display Opinião, and, four years later on, she documented “Só Eu Sei” (Batatinha/J. Luna). Bethânia also documented “Hora Da Razão” (Batatinha/J. Luna), “Toalha Da Saudade” (Batatinha), and “Imitação” (Batatinha) on her behalf recording Rosa Dos Ventos and “O Circo” (Batatinha) for Theatre – Anjo Exterminado. In 1973, Batatinha documented Samba da Bahia – Riachão, Batatinha e Panela, accompanied by the solo functions Toalha Da Saudade (1976), Batatinha – 50 Anos de Samba (1993), and Diplomacia (1998). The second option, released posthumously, experienced interpretations by consecrated performers who admire his function: Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Maria Bethânia, Jussara Silveira, Riachão, Valdir Lima, Edil Pacheco, and Nelson Rufino.

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