Chico Buarque de Hollanda is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, playwright, musician, and author. Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1944, he is one of the most respected and influential figures in Brazilian music. He has released numerous albums and written a number of plays and books.
Buarque began his musical career in 1964 with the release of his debut album, “Chico Buarque de Hollanda.” His distinctive style combines elements of Brazilian folk music, bossa nova, and samba, while his lyrics often express political and social commentary. His songs have become popular classics in Brazil, including “O Que Será” (What Will Be), “A Banda” (The Band), “Apesar de Você” (In Spite of You), and “Sinal Fechado” (Closed Signal).
Buarque has also written numerous plays, including “A Idade da Luta” (The Age of Struggle), “Ciranda de Pedra” (Stone Circles), “Mulheres de Areia” (Women of Sand), “Budapeste” (Budapest), and “Calabar” (Calabar). His plays often explore themes of love, history, politics, and the human condition. He has also written several books, including “O Meu Nome” (My Name), “O Canto Mais” (The Most Song), “A Música do Povo” (The Music of the People), and “A Vida é Bela” (Life is Beautiful).
In addition to his musical and literary works, Buarque has also been involved in Brazilian politics. He served as a Congressman in the National Congress from 1987 to 1991 and was a vocal critic of the military dictatorship in Brazil during the 1970s and 80s.
Throughout his career, Chico Buarque de Hollanda has been a major influence on Brazilian culture and has won numerous awards, including the Latin Grammy, Prêmio Sharp, and Prêmio Jabuti. He is widely recognized as one of the most important figures in Brazilian music and culture.