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Signing up for the Portela samba classes since its founding reunions, Manacéia, who was simply brother from the sambistas Aniceto and Mijinha, became a tamborim player in its bateria (drum section) when he was around eight. His initial recorded melody was “Minha Querida” (with Francisco Santana), in 1957. From 1942, he spent a decade writing many sambas-enredo adopted with the Portela samba college because of its annual Carnaval parades. His biggest strikes are “Quantas Lágrimas” (documented by Cristina Buarque and Paulinho da Viola), “A Natureza,” “Carro de Boi,” “Volta Meu Amor,” and “Sempre Teu Amor.”

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