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Background information
Birth name Taiguara Chalar da Silva
Also known as Taiguara
Born (1945-10-09)October 9, 1945
Origin Brazil, although born in Uruguay
Died February 14, 1996(1996-02-14) (aged 50)
Genres MPB, samba, bossa nova
Occupation(s) Musician, Composer, Songwriter, Singer, Pianist, Orchestrator
Instruments Voice, Piano, Acoustic Guitar
Years active 1965–1996
Labels EMI/Odeon, Phillips, Continental, Movieplay
Associated acts Hermeto Paschoal, Milton Nascimento, Vinicius de Moraes, Michel Legrand.
Website www.taiguara.com
Notable instruments
Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Mellotron, several lesser known African instruments.

Taiguara Chalar da Silva (October 9, 1945 in Montevideo – February 14, 1996 in São Paulo), whose stage name was Taiguara, was a Brazilian singer and songwriter.

Taiguara was born in Montevideo, Uruguay as his father toured the country as a musician, but grew up in Rio and later moved to São Paulo. While attending Law School at Mackenzie University, he became increasingly involved with student organized recitals and performances, eventually abandoning the course altogether to pursue a musical career full-time. In 1964, he joined the Sambalanço Trio and started receiving media attention, which yielded his first offer from record label Phillips. In 1965, Taiguara recorded his first of several albums, and in the following years won many awards.

Due to a series of disagreements with the military dictators in power, his career in Brazil was interrupted in the mid-1970s and he was forced to move abroad, settling in London, where he studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, played with the London Symphony Orchestra and recorded the album Let the Children Hear the Music. The album set a precedent, as it became the first foreign recording by a Brazilian musician censored in Brazil (the same record was never released in England either, having been deemed "misplaced" by the studios). During a second exile, Taiguara also lived in Paris and a few African countries, mainly Tanzania, where he studied Journalism for a year.

Always troubled by the harsh reality of the less fortunate, Taiguara increasingly leaned towards leftist views, later becoming involved with political activities which rallied for a fairer future and social and economical equality for all. Although he was never officially affiliated with any political parties, communist leader Luis Carlos Prestes became a great friend and mentor in his later years. Taiguara composed and recorded the song "O Cavaleiro da Esperança" {The Hope Knight} in his honor.

Thirteen years after performing in Brazil for the last time, Taiguara returned with the concert "Thirteen Octobers" and released two more albums: "Cançoes de Amor e Liberdade" {Songs of love and Freedom} (1984) and "Brazil Afri" {Afro Brasil} (1994) in the following years. On February 14, 1996, he died from bladder cancer. His last project, an album of songs that celebrated and examined the joys and hardships of the poor living on the slums of Rio de Janeiro, never came to completion.

Taiguara was one of the most censored Brazilian artists to date, having close to 200 songs vetoed throughout his career. Some of his biggest hits were "Universo No Teu Corpo", "Teu Sonho Não Acabou", "Viagem", "Berço de Marcela", "Que as Crianças Cantem Livres", "Hoje", "Amanda", "Carne e Osso", "Geração 70" and "Mudou". Not unlike many MPB artists, Taiguara composed his own music.


Partial Discography

  • 1965 - Taiguara - Philips LP
  • 1966 - Crônica da cidade amada - Philips LP
  • 1966 - Primeiro tempo 5x0 - Philips LP
  • 1968 - Taiguara, o Vencedor dos Festivais - EMI-Odeon LP
  • 1969 - Hoje - EMI-Odeon LP[1]
  • 1970 - Viagem - EMI-Odeon LP
  • 1971 - Carne e osso - EMI-Odeon LP
  • 1972 - Piano e Viola - EMI-Odeon LP
  • 1973 - Fotografias - EMI-Odeon LP
  • 1974 - Let the children hear the music - KPM LP
  • 1975 - Imyra, Tayra, Ipy, Taiguara - EMI-Odeon LP
  • 1975 - Lar Futuro/Publico/Primeira Bateria - EMI-Odeon - Compacto Simples parcialmente extraído do LP Imyra, Tayra, Ipy, Taiguara
  • 1981 - Porto de Vitória/Sol do Tanganica (1981) Alvorada Continental - Compacto simples
  • 1984 - Canções de amor e liberdade - Alvorada Continental Discos LP
  • 1984 - Mais valia/Vos do leste/Guarânia Guaraní/Anita - Alvorada Continental - Compacto duplo extraído do LP Canções de Amor e Liberdade.
  • 1985 - Grandes sucessos de Taiguara - EMI-Odeon LP
  • 1986 - Grandes sucessos de Taiguara volume 2 - EMI-Odeon LP
  • 1987 - A paz do meu amor - EMI-Odeon LP
  • 1988 - O Talento de Taiguara - EMI-Odeon LP duplo
  • 1989 - Teu sonho não acabou - EMI-Odeon LP
  • 1990 - Teu sonho não acabou - EMI-Odeon CD
  • 1990 - O Talento de Taiguara - EMI-Odeon CD
  • 1994 - Brasil Afri - Movieplay CD
  • 2000 - Taiguara, Serie Bis - EMI-Odeon CD Duplo
  • 2004 - Imyra, Tayra, Ipy - Taiguara - EMI-Toshiba CD


  1. ^ Veja (magazine) 1970 Nos 95-108 - Page 75 "Esta equação aparentemente simplória é certamente a explicação mais razoável para o grande sucesso da música "Hoje", do compositor e cantor Taiguara, 24 anos, lançada em dezembro de 1969 e há quatro meses na parada brasileira, ..."

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