Ed Motta

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Ed Motta
Ed Motta 2014.jpg
Background information
BornRio de Janeiro, Brazil
GenresRock, Soul music, Funk, Jazz

Eduardo "Ed" Motta (Portuguese pronunciation: [eduˈaɾdu ˈmɔtɐ]; born August 17, 1971) is a Brazilian MPB, rock, soul, funk and jazz musician. He is the nephew of late singer-songwriter Tim Maia.[1]


Son of Luzia Motta, sister of Tim Maia and Antonio Motta,[2][3] from an early age listened to disco, soul and funk, later leaning to rock, of which he became profoundly knowledgeable at the time. His musical career started as vocalist of the hard rock band Kabbalah,[4] After hearing Jeff Beck's album "Blow by Blow", he realized that the British guitarist had soul and funk influences.[5] Still in his teens, he abandoned his studies to dedicate to music, now fascinated by black music. He was a DJ and produced the fanzine "Curto Circuito",[6] until he met guitarist Luiz Fernando Comprido,[5] with whom he later formed the "Expresso Realengo", later renamed as "Conexão Japeri", and recorded the first album in 1988.

In 1990 Motta departed to begin his solo career, recording his debut Um Contrato Com Deus, where he played almost all the instruments by himself. Since then he has released several solo albums. In 1997 he supplied the soundtrack to the film, Pequeno Dicionário Amoroso (The Book of Love).[7] In 1994 lived in New York for a year. There he recorded an album with American musicians that has not been released yet. He discovered the universes of classical music, which eventually reflected on his musical conception. Once opposed to Brazilian music, he discovered that foreign artists had recorded Brazilian songs, such as recordings of Francis Hime's Minha by jazz artist Bill Evans,[8] and discovered a partnership between Brazilian Marcos Valle and American Leon Ware,[9] famous for composing the song I Wanna Be Where You Are, recorded by Michael Jackson.[10]

In 1999, he translated Phil Collins's songs for the Disney film Tarzan into Brazilian Portuguese.[11]

His album Aystelum was nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards of 2006 in the Latin jazz category.[12]

Motta has worked with Roy Ayers, 4 Hero, Seu Jorge, Eliane Elias, Incognito, Bo Diddley and Ryuichi Sakamoto amongst others.[4]

His work covers a variety of genres from jazz to popular Brazilian music, rock to Hollywood film soundtracks, funk, classical music, AOR, bossa nova and reggae.

Selected discography[edit]

Ed Motta playing keyboard in 2006.
Title Details Sales Certications
Um Contrato com Deus
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: WEA Records
  • Format: LP, K7
  • BRA: 15,000
Entre e Ouça
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: WEA Records
  • Format: LP, K7, Digital download
  • BRA: 5,000
Manual Prático para Festas, Bailes e Afins
  • BRA: 300,000
  • ABPD: Platinum
Remixes & Aperitivos
  • BRA: 100,000
  • ABPD: Gold
As Segundas Intenções do Manual Prático
  • BRA: 65,000
  • BRA: 50,000
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Trama
  • Format: Digital download, CD, LP
  • BRA: 40,000
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Trama
  • Format: Digital download, CD
  • BRA: 45,000
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Som Livre
  • Format: Digital download, CD
  • BRA: 50,000
Chapter 9
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Trama
  • Format: Digital download, CD
  • BRA: 10,000
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Trama
  • Format: Digital download, CD
  • BRA: 10,000
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: LAB 344
  • Format: Digital download, CD, LP
  • BRA: 2,000
Perpetual Gateways
  • Released: 2016
  • Label: LAB 344
  • Format: Digital download, CD, LP
  • BRA: 1,000


  • Conexao Japeri (WEA) 1988
  • Ao Vivo (live) (WEA) 1993
  • Ao Vivo (live) (Trama) 2006


  1. ^ "Apos polemica, Ed Motta defende o funk e o pagode" (in Portuguese). Purepeople. 23 April 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Tim Maia - 70 anos". Terra (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  3. ^ "Viciado em vinil". www.terra.com.br. Archived from the original on 2002-05-26. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  4. ^ a b "The Global Panel". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 13 January 2008.
  5. ^ a b "As "Segundas Intenções" de Ed Motta". www1.folha.uol.com.br. Archived from the original on 2017-11-07. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  6. ^ "Folha de S.Paulo - Meu Primeiro Emprego: Ed Motta agora só quer uma casa própria - 12/04/98". www1.folha.uol.com.br. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  7. ^ "A voz sem musica e a musica sem voz". Universo Musical (in Portuguese). Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  8. ^ ""Dwitza" é síntese de Ed Motta - Cultura". Estadão (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  9. ^ "Rockin' You Eternally: The Leon Ware & Marcos Valle Story". Wax Poetics. 2017-06-02. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  10. ^ "Roberto Menescal e outros". MultiRio (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  11. ^ Basilio, Andressa (17 January 2014). "Tarzan – A Evolução da Lenda estreia hoje nos cinemas". Crescer. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Ed Motta". HKW. Retrieved 22 May 2015.

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