Ed Motta

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Ed Motta
Ed Motta 2014.jpg
Background information
Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Genres Rock, Soul music, Funk, Jazz
Instruments Keyboard
Website twitter.com/edmotta

Eduardo "Ed" Motta (born 17 August 1971, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Brazilian MPB, rock, soul music, funk and jazz musician. He is nephew of late Brazilian singer Tim Maia.[1]


His musical career started as vocalist of the hard rock band Kabbalah.[2] though his first album was with the band Conexao Japeri 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 to the soundtrack to the film, Pequeno Dicionário Amoroso (The Book of Love).[3]

In 1999, he translated Phil Collins's songs for the Disney film Tarzan into Portuguese.[4]

His album Aystelum was nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards of 2006 in the Latin jazz category.[5]

Motta has worked with Roy Ayers, 4 Hero, Seu Jorge, Incognito, Bo Diddley and Ryuichi Sakamoto amongst others.[2]

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

Selected discography[edit]

Ed Motta playing keyboard in 2006.
  • Conexao Japeri (WEA) 1988
  • Um Contrato Com Deus (WEA) 1990
  • Entre e Ouça (WEA) 1992
  • Ao Vivo (live) (WEA) 1993
  • Manual Pratico Para Festas, Bailes E Afins, Vol.1 (Universal) 1997
  • As Segundas Intenções (Universal) 2000
  • Dwitza (Universal) 2002
  • Piquenique (Trama) 2002
  • Poptical (Trama) 2003
  • Aystelum 2005
  • Ao Vivo (live) (Trama) 2006
  • Chapter 9 (Trama) 2008
  • AOR (Dwitza) 2013


  1. ^ "Apos polemica, Ed Motta defende o funk e o pagode" (in Portuguese). Purepeople. 23 April 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "The Global Panel". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 13 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "A voz sem musica e a musica sem voz". Universo Musical (in Portuguese). Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Basilio, Andressa (17 January 2014). "Tarzan – A Evolução da Lenda estreia hoje nos cinemas". Crescer. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ed Motta". HKW. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 

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