Alcione Nazareth

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Alcione Nazareth
Alcione durante espetáculo no Clube Português de Recife 2011-05-28.jpg
Background information
Birth name Alcione Dias Nazareth
Born (1947-11-21) November 21, 1947 (age 66)
São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil
Occupations Composer, songwriter, instrumentalist, vocalist
Instruments Trumpet, clarinet, vocals
Years active 1975-present

Alcione Dias Nazareth (born November 21, 1947) (better known as simply Alcione, also nicknamed as A Marrom (the brown one)) is one of the most successful female sambists in Brazil who first claimed international recognition in the late 1970s, and has had 19 gold records and five platinum and a double platinum records.

In 1987 she dedicated to pope John Paul II and 500.000 people the song João de Deus (John of God), during the second visit of the pope unto Brazil.


She was born in São Luís, Maranhão. Her father was a military musician who worked as the conductor of the corps marching band. Alcione was introduced to the traditional Brazilian music by her father. At the age of thirteen, she was already able to give vocal performance in college parties. At this same age, she began to study clarinet, and then learnt to play the trumpet.

At age 20 Alcione moved to Rio de Janeiro. There she worked at the city's TV Excelsior, and later went on tour in Argentina and Chile for four months. On returning to Brazil, she settled in São Paulo, working in nightclub and making appearances on television. In 1970, she started her two-year tour in Europe, performing as a vocalist and a trumpet artist.

In 1972, when back to Brazil, Alcione recorded her first single. The following year, she traveled to sing in Mexico and, in 1974, Portugal, where she recorded her first full-length album. In 1975 Alcione released her LP, A Voz do Samba, which achieved gold sales status and featured several hit tracks. The most successful songs were Não Deixe o Samba Morrer, written by Edson and Aloiso, and O Surdo, written by Totonho/Paulinho Resende.

In the late 1970s, Nazaré became well known as a samba artist and achieved international recognition. She recorded Alerta Geral for Philips Records and, in 1978, released this album, the title of which was taken from a television show that Alcione had hosted on TV Globo for two years. Following its success, Alcione continued to release several other full-length albums in late 1970s and early 1980s, including her self-titled album.

In 1997, Alcione signed with Universal Records, subsequently releasing a label debut named Valeu, through Polygram the next year. This was followed by Celebração that same year, and Claridade---Uma Homenagem A Clara Nunes in 1999. In December 2002 Alcione was recognized for playing an important part in founding the Paraíso School of Samba in London, England.[1] She also helped organizing and preparing the stage for a British version of the Carnival Brasil, Paraíso dos Orixás (Brazil, Paradise of the Orishas). In 2003, her 2002 album, Ao Vivo, received the Best Samba/Pagode Album Award at fourth Latin Grammy Award ceremony.

She has interpreted several hits such as Não deixe o samba morrer, Lá vem você, Gostoso veneno and Ilha da maré.

On July 7, 2007 she performed at the Brazilian leg of Live Earth in Rio de Janeiro.


Universal Music / Philips[edit]

  • A Voz do Samba (1975)
  • Morte de um poeta (1976)
  • Pra que chorar (1977)
  • Alerta geral (1978)
  • Gostoso veneno (1979)
  • E vamos à luta (1980)
  • Alcione (1981)
  • Dez anos depois (1982)

Sony BMG / RCA[edit]

  • Vamos arrepiar (1982)
  • Almas e corações (1983)
  • Da cor do Brasil (1984) (Ouro)
  • Fogo da vida (1985) (Ouro)
  • Fruto e raiz (1986) (Platina)
  • Nosso nome: resistência (1987) (Platina)
  • Ouro & Cobre (1988) (Ouro)
  • Simplesmente Marrom (1989) (Ouro)
  • Emoções Reais (1990)
  • Promessa (1991)
  • Pulsa, coração (1992) (Ouro)
  • Brasil de Oliveira da Silva do Samba (1994) (Ouro)
  • Profissão: Cantora (1995)
  • Tempo de Guarnicê (1996)

Universal Music / Polygram[edit]

  • Valeu - Uma Homenagem à Nova Geração do Samba (1997) (Ouro)
  • Celebração (1998) (Ouro)
  • Claridade (1999) (Ouro)
  • Nos Bares da Vida (2000) - ao vivo (Platina)
  • A Paixão tem Memória (2001) (Ouro)

Indie Records[edit]

  • Ao Vivo (2002) (Platina)
  • Ao Vivo 2 (2003) (Platina)
  • Alcione - Duetos(2004)
  • Faz Uma Loucura por Mim (2004) (Platina)
  • Faz Uma Loucura por Mim - Ao Vivo (2005)
  • Alcione e Amigos([2005])
  • Uma Nova Paixão (2005) (Ouro)
  • Uma Nova Paixão - Ao Vivo (2006) (Ouro)
  • Coleções - Grandes Sucessos de Alcione(2007)
  • De Tudo Que eu Gosto(2007)
  • Raridades(2008)
  • Acesa(2009)
  • Alcione Ao Vivo (2011, October 28, on "HSBC Brasil")


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