Arnaldo Antunes

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Arnaldo Antunes
Antunes in 2015
Antunes in 2015
Background information
Birth nameArnaldo Augusto Nora Antunes Filho
Born (1960-09-02) September 2, 1960 (age 62)
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
GenresMPB, rock, Brazilian rock, pop rock, post-punk, punk rock
Occupation(s)Singer, composer, poet, movie producer
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active1984–present

Arnaldo Antunes (Portuguese pronunciation: [arˈnawdu ɐ̃ˈtunis], born Arnaldo Augusto Nora Antunes Filho, September 2, 1960) is a Brazilian musician, writer, and composer. He was a member of the rock band Titãs, which he co-founded in 1982 and left ten years later. After 1992, he embarked on a solo career. He has published poetry and had his first book published in 1983. He has worked with Marisa Monte, Tribalistas, and Carlinhos Brown.


Arnaldo was born on September 2, 1960, to Arnaldo Augusto Nora Antunes and Dora Leme Ferreira. He was the fourth of seven children.[1] In 1967, he enrolled in Luís de Camões school and studied there until 1972. During the following year, he attended PUC SP, where he first got involved with the local art scene. In 1975 he met Paulo Miklos, a classmate at Colégio Equipe. In 1978, he went to study Portuguese and literature at USP.[2]

Career with Titãs[edit]

In 1979, Antunes formed his first band, Banda Performática, with his then-wife. In 1982, Titãs do Iê-Iê was formed, with Antunes as a founder. In 1984, they release their self-titled debut album. In 1992, Antunes decided to leave Titãs, after recording seven albums with the band, due to musical differences. His departure was announced on 15 December 1992.[3]

In November 1985, he was arrested for heroin trafficking after the police found 128mg of the drug in his apartment in São Paulo. The officers arrived there after arresting his Titãs bandmate Tony Bellotto, who was found with 30mg in a taxi after leaving Antunes's place. Due to the quantity that Antunes had at home, he was accused of trafficking while Bellotto was only charged with possession. At the precinct, he was put in an individual cell, since the sheriff considered imprudent to put him among 90 dangerous robbers.[4]

Solo career[edit]

Antunes at the São Paulo Cultural Center in São Paulo 2007.

In 1993 he released his solo debut album Nome, a "multimedia project associating poetry and music", featuring João Donato, Marisa Monte and Arto Lindsay as guest stars, and short computer animation features (produced in collaboration with Celia Catunda, Kiko Mistrorigo and Zaba Moreau). The Nome video was shown in art venues and festivals in Brazil, Italy, Argentina, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Spain (where it received a Jury recommendation at the Festival International de Video Cidade de Vigo 1995), Netherlands, Monaco, Uruguay, Cuba, Chile, Colombia and the US (receiving an honorable mention at the first annual New York Video Festival).

As a solo artist, Arnaldo Antunes later released Ninguém (1995), O Silêncio (1996), Um Som (1998), Paradeiro (2001) and Saiba (Rosa Celeste/BMG 2004). He also released other albums in special projects, such as O Corpo (1999), a specially produced soundtrack for Grupo Corpo, a dance company from Minas Gerais, and the album Os Tribalistas (EMI/Phonomotor 2002), a collaborative project with Marisa Monte and Carlinhos Brown.

His compositions have been used in the soundtrack of several films, including Blue in the Face, directed by Wayne Wang and Paul Auster; Bicho de Sete Cabeças, directed by Lais Bodanzki; Dois Perdidos Numa Noite Suja, adapted from a novel by Plínio Marcos and directed by José Joffily; and Benjamim, adapted from a novel by Chico Buarque and directed by Monique Gardenberg.

His album A Curva da Cintura, a collaboration with Ira! guitarist Edgard Scandurra and Toumani Diabaté from Mali, achieved a number 5 in the World Music Charts Europe in August 2012.[5]

His album RSTUVXZ was ranked as the 16th best Brazilian album of 2018 by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone magazine.[6]

In 2020, humoristic group Porta dos Fundos released a new version of "A Marcha do Demo" by Vestidos de Espaço (supergroup of which Antunes was a part of) with Antunes on vocals in order to promote their Christimas special Teocracia em Vertigem. The version received a video in which Antunes is seen singing in studio and the Porta dos Fundos members are seen singing under social distancing. Making-of footage is also shown.[7]

Personal life[edit]

From 1980 to 1987, he was married to Go. Right after they broke up, he married Zaba Moreau, with whom he had four children:[1] Rosa, born in 1988, Celeste, born in 1991, Brás, born in 1997, and Tomé, born in 2001.


With Titãs[edit]


  • Nome (1993)
  • Ninguém (1995)
  • O Silêncio (1996)
  • Um Som (1998)
  • Focus – O Essencial de Arnaldo Antunes (1999)
  • O Corpo (2000)
  • Paradeiro (2001)
  • Saiba (2004)
  • Qualquer (2006)
  • Ao Vivo em Estúdio (2007)
  • Iê Iê Iê (2009)
  • Pequeno Cidadão (2009)
  • Acústico MTV – Arnaldo Antunes (2012)
  • Disco (2013)
  • Já é (2016)


  • A Curva da Cintura (with Edgard Scandurra and Toumani Diabaté) (2011)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Golpe de Estado – Forçando a Barra (1988)
  • Theo Werneck – Leite Materno (1990)
  • Various artists - Rock de Autor (1991)
  • Péricles Cavalcanti – Sobre as Ondas (1995)
  • Various artists – O Triângulo Sem Bermudas (1996)
  • Edgard Scandurra – Benzina (1996)
  • Tom Zé and Zé Miguel Wisnik – Parabelo – Grupo Corpo (1997)
  • Tom Zé – Com Defeito de Fabricação (1998)
  • Onda Sonora: Red Hot + Lisbon (1998)
  • João DonatoSongbook (1999)
  • Various artists – Tributo a Cazuza (1999)
  • Chico BuarqueSongbook (1999)
  • SubaSão Paulo Confessions (2000)
  • Zé Miguel Wisnik – São Paulo Rio (2000)
  • Marisa MonteMemórias, Crônicas e Declarações de Amor (2000)
  • Walter Franco – Tutano (2001)
  • Lula Queiroga – Aboiando a Vaca Mecânica (2001)
  • Unknown artist – Só Um é Muito Só (2001)
  • Glauco Matoso – Melopéia – Sonetos Musicados (2001)
  • Cid Campos – No Lago do Olho (2001)
  • Aguilar e Banda Performática – Aguilar e Banda Performática (2001)
  • Various artists – Superfantástico – Quando eu Era Pequeno (2002)
  • Ortinho – Ilha do Destino (2002)
  • João Donato – O Melhor de João Donato (2002)
  • Aldo Brizzi – Brizzi do Brasil (2002)
  • Various artists – Maysa Esta Chama Que Não Vai Passar (2007)
  • Various artists – Pequeno Cidadão (2009)
  • Nando Reis - Jardim-Pomar (2016, vocals on "Azul de Presunto")
  • Paulo Miklos - A Gente Mora no Agora (2017, songwriting on "Deixar de Ser Alguém")

Bibliography as a writer[edit]

  • Ou e (visual poem album) (1983)
  • Psia (1986)
  • Tudos (1990)
  • As coisas (1992), Winner of the 1992 Jabuti Awards for Poetry
  • 2 ou + Corpos no mesmo Espaço (1997)
  • Doble Duplo (selection, translation and art by Ivan Larraguibel), (2000)
  • 40 Escritos (organized by João Bandeira) (2000)
  • Outro (2001)
  • Palavra Desordem (2002)
  • ET Eu Tu (2003)
  • Antologia (Portugal only) (2006)
  • Frases do Tomé aos Três Anos (a collection of illustrations of the first sentences said by his son) (2006)
  • Como É que Chama o Nome Disso (2006)


  1. ^ a b Krepp, Ana; Monica Bergamo (February 9, 2014). "Arnaldo Antunes diz que largou as drogas e não se vende à publicidade". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). Grupo Folha. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  2. ^ "Música com diploma: conheça artistas que fizeram universidade". UOL Música. Grupo Folha. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  3. ^ Joe, Jimi (December 15, 1992). "Arnaldo Antunes sai dos Titãs". O Estado de S. Paulo. Grupo Estado. 36218: Caderno 2, página 38. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  4. ^ França, Jamari (June 19, 1985). "Uma banda sofisticada e brega" (PDF). Jornal do Brasil. Ano XCV - nº 220: 15. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  5. ^ "World Music Charts Europe August 2012". Worldmusic Workshop of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). August 1, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  6. ^ Antunes, Pedro (December 21, 2018). "Rolling Stone Brasil: os 50 melhores discos nacionais de 2018". Rolling Stone Brasil (in Portuguese). Grupo Perfil. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  7. ^ "Porta dos Fundos promove especial de Natal com clipe para 'Marcha do Demo', dos Titãs". Rolling Stone Brasil. Grupo Perfil. December 2, 2020. Retrieved January 31, 2021.

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