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He is best known for his music, which often includes social, economic and cultural commentary on Brazil. He performed as a singer and guitarist the s as well as writing a play that was deemed dangerous by the Brazilian military dictatorship of the time. Buarque, along with several Tropicalist and MPB musicians, was threatened by the Brazilian military government and eventually left Brazil for Italy in However, he came back to Brazil in , and continued to record, perform, and write, though much of his material was suppressed by government censors.
He released several more albums in the s and published three novels in the s and s. Buarque had his first hit with " A Banda " in , written about a marching band, and soon released several more singles. Despite that, Buarque was criticized by two of the leading musicians at the time, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil as they believed his musical style was overly conservative.
After selling over , copies, the single was eventually censored and removed from the market. At one point in , the censors banned any song authored by Chico Buarque. Then, he created a pseudonym, naming himself "Julinho da Adelaide", complete with life history and interviews to newspapers. During the s and s, he collaborated with filmmakers, playwrights, and musicians in further protest works against the dictatorship. Buarque approached the Concert for Peace in Nicaragua as a valid forum to vocalize his strong political views.
Throughout the decade, he crafted many of his songs as vehicles to describe the re-democratization of Brazil. The political turmoil that plagued this era were expressed in many of Buarque's songs. His album Caravanas was elected the 3rd best Brazilian album of that year by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone. Following the Brazilian military coup of , Buarque avoided censorship by using cryptic analogies and wordplay. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Chico Buarque. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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