|Birth name||Roberto de Souza Rocha|
February 2, 1973 |
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Roberto de Souza Rocha (born February 2, 1973) is a Brazilian recording artist and entertainer. Latino has sold more than 4 million CDs along his career.
Rocha was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1988 he moved to the USA, where his mother was living with his stepfather. Rocha stayed there for four years, working as barman, magician, cook, dancer and even as waiter. He was also roadie for David Copperfield, and started performing in bars and nightclubs. Being repeatedly referred as a "Latin Boy" at work, Rocha decided to use "Latino" as his stage name.
Going back to Brazil, Latino successfully started his artistic career in 1994, recording his first CD Marcas de Amor. The tracks "Me Leva" and "Só Você" attracted attention owing to their dance rhythm. The album sold over 100 thousand copies and certified gold.
His next album was Aventureiro resulting in singles "Eu Amo Você" and "Louca". In 1997, he ventured into Spanish releasing a Spanish CD version of his album in Mexico. 1998 saw release of "Vitrine", a big radio hit. In 1999, he released Latina 2000 with the resulting single "Solidão é Demais".
At this point, Latino started to get flak in the media for the emptyness of his lyrics, and was shunned by other artists, who made music satirizing him. With the 2000s, Latino started producing some artists and becoming host of TV program Sábado Show on Rede TV. "Tô Nem Aí" (meaning I Don't Care) co-written by Latino and Luka, a Brazilian artist, became a #1 hit in Brazil and Portugal, and appeared on European charts in Italy, Germany, Spain and others European countries. He was cover model in G Magazine in July 2000.
Missing the fans and the stages’ vibration, Xeque Mate came in 2003. The playlist songs portrayed the biography of his last and enduring relationship. “Você Já Foi Mais Humilde”(You Used To Be More Humble), “Cartão Vermelho”(Red Card) and “Medo Meu”(My Fear) show that. Still in 2003, Latino did a cameo appearance in “Kubanacan”, a Rede Globo Television soap opera (Rede Globo (Globe Network) is Brazil’s biggest television network and the number one producer and provider of Portuguese language television programming in the world. It is also one of the biggest TV channels in the world, watched by 80 million people daily). In the same year he released his first live CD: Latino Ao Vivo – 10 Anos de Sucessos. It was produced by Up In The Air Produções, distributed by Som Livre (Globo TV Organization record company) and joined all the greatest hits of his career. “Me Leva”, “Não Adianta Chorar”(There's No Use Crying), “Só Você” and “Eu Amo Você”, are some of them.
Although his career can be described as successful, Latino's practice of taking hits from other countries and re-recording them has been met with wide criticism from the musical community in Brazil, mostly because his lyrics have no relation whatsoever to the original music.
On September 17, 2012, Latino posted in his YouTube channel a video containing a Brazilian version of the Korean hit "Gangnam Style" with the name "Despedida de Solteiro (Laçar, Puxar, Beijar)". After it, YouTube had closed their YouTube account, with more than 100,000 "dislikes" on his video and numerous complaints from users, saying that the song was plagiarized and a cheap copy who spoiling the original version.
Sampled and Covered songs
- Marcas de Amor (1994)
- Aventureiro (1996)
- Latino (1997)
- Latino 2000 (1999)
- Xeque Mate (2002)
- Latino Apresenta as Aventuras do DJ L (2004)
- Latino Apresenta as Novas Aventuras de DJ L (2005)
- Sem Noção (2007)
- Junto e Misturado (2008)
- Latino fala sobre vida nos EUA e carreira no Brasil, (in Portuguese)
- Neder, Alvaro. "Biography: Latino". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
- Terra.com.br: Foco- Sucesso - Por que tem tanta gente cantando Latino? (in Portuguese)