Neguinho da Beija-Flor has been a puxador (the official singer in a samba school) since 1970, and since 1975, the puxador of the samba school Beija-Flor de NilÃ³polis, which has grown in popularity since then. Having recorded 17 albums from 1980 to 2001, he has had many hits. His biggest one is "O CampeÃ£o," a kind of anthem to the soccer-goers. He also won a Sharp prize in 1991. Son of a trumpeter of the famous Orquestra Tabajara, DaBeija-Flor took musical lessons from his father when he was very young. At ten he won a contest by singing a samba by JamelÃ£o. He became puxador in 1970 in the bloco LeÃ£o de IguaÃ§u. In 1975, he became the puxador of the samba school Beija-Flor de NilÃ³polis and remained in this position. In 1976, his samba-enredo "Sonhar Com O Rei DÃ¡ LeÃ£o" gave him the first title in the Carioca Carnival. His first album came in 1980, Vida No Peito (CBS). His other 15 albums until 2000 had hits with sambas-enredo like "Os Cinco Bailes da HistÃ³ria do Rio" (Silas de Oliveira/Dona Ivone Lara/Bacalhau) and "Aquarela Brasileira" (Silas de Oliveira). He had hits in other styles like samba and samba-canÃ§Ã£o, like "Ã‚ngela" (Serginho Meriti/Alexandre). In 1991, he won the Sharp prize as Best Samba Singer. In 2001, he released his first live-recorded CD commemorating 25 years of career, 25 Anos De FÃ© E Raiz, on Indie Records. ~ Alvaro NederPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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