Luiz Gonzaga was born december 13 1912 in Recife and was one of  the most influential figures of Brazilian Popular Music. He was well-known as a singer, songwriter, musician and poet, and as he presented the rich universe of Northeastern musical genres to all of Brazil, he was named the “King of Baiao”. He was the most important representative of Forró music and countless photos, movies and monuments at public places show him in his typical costumes and with his accordion. In 1984 Luiz Gonzaga received the Shell prize for Brazilian Popular Music and was only the fourth artist to receive this prize after Pixinguinha, Jobin and Dorival Caymmi.

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