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Grupo Raça

The Grupo Raça was among the groups formed following the revival from the pagode, still keeping in its beginning the main characteristics from the “authentic” components of traditional samba, quickly replaced by overly romantic melodies and interpretations. Also effective abroad (in a few Latin American countries and in a few Latino areas in the U.S.), the group won the honours Troféu Imprensa for Greatest Group, Prêmio Clear for Best Recording, and Antena de Ouro (Greatest Group and Greatest Recording). In 1994, Jeito de Felicidade became the best-selling recording of their documenting company. They have already been touring through U.S., Switzerland, and Germany. Created by Marley (ganzá) and Mongol (tantã) in 1985, the group also experienced Délcio Luiz (banjo), Paulinho Carvalho (cavaquinho), Totonho (pandeiro), and Valney (repique). Initially, they accompanied performers like Zeca Pagodinho, Leci Brandão, and Ivone Lara. Their 1st solo recording was documented in 1987, Grupo Raça. 3 years later, that they had achievement with “Dona da Minha Sina” (Nelson Rufino/Tião Motorista) and another of their strikes was 1992’s “O Teu Chamego.”

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