Son of the viola machine and participant, Zé Coco carry out Riachão became internationally known as a get good at of viola, electric guitar, cavaquinho, and fiddle, musical instruments that he also built. Regardless of his wide reputation as a guy of the individuals who enriched the favorite tradition from the caipira (hillbilly) music of Minas Gerais with traditional elements while preserving its features, (he was praised within a film about cantigas de vaqueiro, or cowboy tracks, made by Dr. Ralf for the very first Route of Baden Baden, Germany), perform Riachão resided and passed away in poverty, having documented just three albums. Nearly anonymously, perform Riachão spent his lifestyle building and restoring musical instruments; in his leisure time, he performed at balls and spiritual celebrations, along with composing melodies, a lot of which were dropped. He was also illiterate, therefore he didn’t learn how to create music. At 20, he required over his father’s device factory. From an extremely religious family, perform Riachão was initiated in music pursuing his parents in the processions referred to as folia de reis. His two first albums, Brasil Puro (1980) and Zé Coco perform Riachão (1981), that have been sponsored by journalist Carlos Felipe, taken to perform Riachão immediate acknowledgement from the critics like a grasp of popular tradition by himself design of soloing/comping. In 1986, he participated in the documentary Viola Caipira, made by Brasília Condition University (UnB), alongside the violeiros (viola players) Paulo Freire and Roberto Corrêa. His third launch arrived in 1987, Vôo das Garças; its Compact disc reissue, a decade later, experienced the addition of three unedited tunes: “Minha Viola e European union,” “Moda pra João de Irene,” and “Amanhecendo.” In 1980, he performed in the Francisco Nunes Theatre with Téo Azevedo as well as the Grupo Agreste. He also participated using one track around the Compact disc Violeiros perform Brasil, the starting which was carried out at a display in the Sesc Pompéia Theatre (São Paulo) in the same 12 months of his moving. Zé Coco perform Riachão remaining many disciples throughout Brazil, such as for example Paulo Freire, Marimbondo Chapéu, Chico Lobo, Roberto Corrêa, and Sinval de Gameleira.