- Arlindo Cruz
Arlindo Cruz (b.
September 14, 1958, birth name Arlindo Domingos da Cruz Filho) is a Brazilian musician, composer and singer, working in the genre of sambaand pagode. Arlindo took part in the most important formation of Grupo Fundo de Quintal, and is considered one of the most important figures of the pagodemovement.
At the age of seven, Arlindo was given his first musical instrument, the
cavaquinho, by his father (Arlindão), a friend and partner of Candeiawith whom he had founded the Mensageiros do Samba group. From 7 to 12 years, Arlindo already played by ear, learning chord voicings from his brother Acyr Marques guitar playing. At 12, he went on to study classical guitar for 2 years on Flor do Méier institution. About that time he started working professionally as a musician, on rodas de samba with various artists, especially Candeiawho he considers to be his musical godfather. With Candeia he recorded a simple compact and an LP called `Roda de Samba', playing cavaquinho.
Jorge Aragãoexiting Grupo Fundo de Quintal, Arlindo was invited to join the group, invitation which he accepted happily, dedicating himself during 12 years of success. Arlindo played the banjo cavaquinho on the group and was one of the lead voices and songwriters, along with singer/songwriter Sombrinha, who played cavaquinho and guitar.
Arlindo Cruz has over 450 songs recorded by various artists, including
Zeca Pagodinhoand Beth Carvalho. Arlindo is also considered one of the most prolific banjo players to have ever dwelled in the samba scene, alongside Almir Guineto, with a great number of studio recordings for various artists, standing as a disputed instrumentist.
After leaving Grupo Fundo de Quintal in 1993, Arlindo released one solo record. Soon afterwards, he joined his old partner Sombrinha in a quite successful partnership,
Arlindo Cruz & Sombrinha, which lasted until ca. 2005.
Today Arlindo Cruz proceeds in solo career.
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