Last updated

Dominguinhos de Morais.jpg
Background information
Birth name José Domingos de Morais
Born 12 February 1941
Garanhuns, Pernambuco, Brazil
Died 23 July 2013(2013-07-23) (aged 72)
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Genres MPB, forró, baião, choro
Instruments Vocals, accordion
Labels Caravelas Records, BMG, Eldorado Records, Sony BMG, Sony Music, Velas Records, Warner Bros. Records, WEA, WM Recordings, Continental Records

José Domingos de Morais (12 February 1941 – 23 July 2013), better known as Dominguinhos, was an acclaimed Brazilian composer, accordionist and singer.

Brazil Federal republic in South America

Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers and with over 208 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the fifth most populous. Its capital is Brasília, and its most populated city is São Paulo. The federation is composed of the union of the 26 states, the Federal District, and the 5,570 municipalities. It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only one in the Americas; it is also one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations, due to over a century of mass immigration from around the world.


His principal musical influences have been the music of Luiz Gonzaga, Forró and in general the music of the Sertão in the Brazilian Northeast. He further developed this typical Braziliane musical style, born out of the European, African and Indian influences in north-eastern Brazil, creating a unique style of Brazilian Popular Music.

Luiz Gonzaga Brazilian singer

Luiz Gonzaga do Nascimento, Sr., "The King of Baião" or "Gonzagão" was a Brazilian singer, songwriter, musician and poet and one of the most influential figures of Brazilian popular music in the twentieth century. He has been credited for having presented the rich universe of Northeastern musical genres to all of Brazil, having created the musical genre baião and has been called a "revolutionary" by Antônio Carlos Jobim. According to Caetano Veloso, he was the first significant cultural event with mass appeal in Brazil. Luiz Gonzaga received the Shell prize for Brazilian Popular Music in 1984 and was only the fourth artist to receive this prize after Pixinguinha, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Dorival Caymmi. The Luiz Gonzaga Dam was named in his honor.

Forró music genre from the northeast region from Brazil

Forró is a party originated and typical of Northeastern Region of Brazil. It encompasses various dance types as well as a number of different musical genres. Their music genres and dances have gained widespread popularity in all regions of Brazil. Forró is more frequent during Brazilian June Festivals.

Northeast Region, Brazil Region in Brazil

The Northeast Region of Brazil is one of the five official and political regions of the country according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics. For the socio-geographic area see Nordeste. Of Brazil's twenty-six states, it comprises nine: Maranhão, Piauí, Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe and Bahia, along with the Fernando de Noronha archipelago.

He has performed with musicians such as Luiz Gonzaga, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa (with whom he toured in Midem), Zé Ramalho, Toquinho, Elba Ramalho, Yamandu Costa, and Maria Bethânia. Some of his hits were recorded by Bethânia, Gil, Chico Buarque, Elba Ramalho, and Fagner. In 1997 Dominguinhos wrote the soundtrack of the film O Cangaceiro . [1] and participated in the Brazilian documentary "O Milagre de Santa Luzia" on the Brazilian accordion music. He has received various prizes and awards, including the Latin Grammy in 2002 for his album "Chegando de mansinho".

Caetano Veloso Brazilian composer, singer, guitarist, writer, and political activist

Caetano Emanuel Viana Telles Veloso is a Brazilian composer, singer, guitarist, writer, and political activist. Veloso first became known for his participation in the Brazilian musical movement Tropicalismo, which encompassed theatre, poetry and music in the 1960s, at the beginning of the Brazilian military dictatorship. He has remained a constant creative influence and best-selling performing artist and composer ever since. Veloso has won nine Latin Grammy Awards and two Grammy Awards. On November 14, 2012, Veloso was honored as the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year.

Gilberto Gil Brazilian singer, guitarist, songwriter and politician

Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira, known professionally as Gilberto Gil, is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter, known for both his musical innovation and political activism. From 2003 to 2008, he served as Brazil's Minister of Culture in the administration of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Gil's musical style incorporates an eclectic range of influences, including rock, Brazilian genres including samba, African music, and reggae.

Gal Costa Brazilian singer

Gal Costa is a Brazilian singer of popular music.


José Domingos de Morais was born in the agreste of Pernambuco, in the town of Garanhuns, on 12 February 1941. Coming from a humble background, his father, Mestre Chicão, was a well-known accordionist and accordion tuner. Dominguinhos became interested in music at an early age, starting to play accordion at six years of age, when he received a small eight-bass-accordion and started to play on fairs and in front of hotels, to earn some money with his two brothers, forming the trio "Os Três Pinguins" (The Three Penguins). He practised accordion for hours and soon became a virtuoso on the 48, 80 and 120 bass accordions, starting to play professionally already as a teenager.

Agreste Place in Brazil

The agreste is a narrow zone of Brazil in the states of Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe and Bahia between the coastal forest zona da mata and the semiarid sertão. The agreste fades out after it reaches Rio Grande do Norte due to the break of the mountain-chain that blocks air currents from the Atlantic ocean. This barrier is what induces high rainfalls in the coastal Atlantic forest zone.

Pernambuco State of Brazil

Pernambuco is a state of Brazil, located in the Northeast region of the country. The state of Pernambuco also includes the archipelago Fernando de Noronha. With an estimated population of 9.2 million people in 2013, it is the seventh most populous state of Brazil, and is the sixth most densely populated and the 19th most extensive among the states and territories of the country. Its capital and largest city, Recife, is one of the most important economic and urban hubs in the country. As of 2013 estimates, Recife's metropolitan area is the fifth most populous in the country, and the largest urban agglomeration in Northeast Brazil.

Garanhuns Municipality in Northeast, Brazil

Garanhuns is a city in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco. Located in the Borborema Plateau, the town is known as the "Suíça Pernambucana" due to its pleasant weather during summer and low temperatures during winter, something rather unusual for the region. It is also known as "Cidade das Flores" or "Cidade da Garoa".

In 1950, with nine years of age, he met Luiz Gonzaga while playing in front of the hotel where Luiz Gonzaga was staying, who was impressed by his talent. He invited the young Dominguinhos to come with him to Rio de Janeiro. Dominguinhos went only in 1954, at age thirteen, together with his father and his two brothers, moving to the town of Nilópolis, near Rio de Janeiro. When he met there with Luiz Gonzaga, he received from him an accordion as a present, and started to play with Luiz Gonzaga in shows throughout Brazil and participating in studio recordings. In 1967, during one of these tours, he meets the Forró singer Anastácia (artistic name of Lucinete Ferreira), who he marries and went on to form an artistic partnership with, which would last eleven years. At that time Dominguinhos already had a son, Mauro, born in 1960, from his first marriage. In 1976, Dominguinhos meets the singer Guadalupe Mendonça, his third marriage, with whom he would have a daughter Liv. They would eventually separate, but would continue a friendship until the death of Dominguinhos. [2]

As he started to play with Luiz Gonzaga, he gained a reputation as an accordionist and singer and started to have close contact with musicians from the Bossa Nova movement. He worked together with other well-known Brazilian musicians, such as Gilberto Gil, Maria Bethânia, Elba Ramalho and Toquinho, and eventually consolidated an own musical career, developing further the musical styles of the North East of Brazil, and incorporating influences of bossa nova, jazz and pop. [3] [4]

Maria Bethânia Brazilian singer

Maria Bethânia Viana Telles Veloso, known by her stage name Maria Bethânia, is a Brazilian singer and songwriter. Born in Santo Amaro, Bahia, she started her career in Rio de Janeiro in 1964 with the show "Opinião" ("Opinion"). Due to its popularity, with performances all over the country, and the popularity of her 1965 single "Carcará", the artist became a star in Brazil.

Elba Ramalho Brazilian actress

Elba Ramalho is a Brazilian songwriter, performer, poet and actress. She is sometimes called "The Queen of Forró".

Toquinho Brazilian musician

Antônio Pecci Filho, better known as Toquinho, is a Brazilian singer and guitarist. He is well known for his collaborations, as composer and performer, with Vinicius de Moraes.

In December 2012, Dominguinhos was taken to a hospital in Recife with cardiac dysrhythmia and respiratory tract infection. He was later transferred to the Syrian-Lebanese Hospital, in São Paulo, where his coma was described as permanent and doctors said there were no hopes he will return and wake up again. [5] [6]

Despite the declarations of his son, Dominguinhos was still fighting for his life. He was minimally conscious, able to understand his condition and the ones who surrounded him at the hospital. [7]

Dominguinhos died on 23 July 2013, due to infectious and cardiac complications, according to the Sírio-Libanês Hospital in São Paulo. [8] [9]


Related Research Articles

Gonzaguinha Brazilian composer and singer

Luiz Gonzaga do Nascimento, Jr., better known as Gonzaguinha, in Portuguese Little Gonzaga, was a noted Brazilian singer and composer. He was born in Rio de Janeiro and he was the son of Luiz Gonzaga, the "king of baião". Gonzaguinha was killed in a car accident on April 29, 1991, in Renascença, state of Paraná, southern Brazil.

Renato Borghetti Brazilian musician

Renato Borghetti is a Brazilian folk musician and composer.

Sivuca Brazilian musician

Severino Dias de Oliveira, popularly known as Sivuca, was a Brazilian accordionist and guitarist. In addition to his home state of Paraíba, and cities Recife and Rio de Janeiro, he worked and lived in Paris, Lisbon, and New York City on and off throughout his life. He has two daughters, Flavia de Oliveira Barreto, and Wilma Da Silva. He was an albino.

Alceu Valença Brazilian composer

Alceu Valença is a Brazilian composer, writer, performer, actor, and poet.

Zé Ramalho Brazilian singer-songwriter

Zé Ramalho is a Brazilian composer and performer. Zé Ramalho has collaborated with various major Brazilian musicians, including Vanusa, Geraldo Azevedo and Alceu Valença to name a few. Ze Ramalho is also the first cousin of Elba Ramalho, a well known Brazilian composer and performer.

Ricardo Herz is a violinist from São Paulo, Brazil.

Yamandu Costa Brazilian guitarist and composer

Yamandu Costa, sometimes misspelled Yamandú, is a Brazilian guitarist and composer. His main instrument is the Brazilian seven-stringed classical guitar.

Asa Branca Brasilian song

"Asa Branca" is a song written by Luiz Gonzaga and Humberto Teixeira in 1947. The asa-branca of the title is the picazuro pigeon. With its departure the desolation of the parched sertão is complete, and the protagonist of the song, unable to make a living, must leave the sertão and his lady-love Rosinha. The song closes with his promise to return.

<i>Eu Sou Todos Nós</i> 1998 studio album by Zé Ramalho

Eu Sou Todos Nós is the fourteenth studio album by Brazilian solo artist Zé Ramalho. It was released in 1998. The album cover is a composite of pictures of several people, forming the face of Zé Ramalho, which is an allusion to the album's title, "Eu Sou Todos Nós", which translates as "I Am All Of Us". It sold more than 100,000 copies in the first month and it had reached the 190,000 mark by April of the next year.

<i>Nação Nordestina</i> 2000 studio album by Zé Ramalho

Nação Nordestina is the fifteenth studio album and first double album by Brazilian solo artist Zé Ramalho. It was released in 2000. The cover art of the album is clearly based on The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It is a concept album which tells the history of a traveller exploring the Northeastern Brazil.

<i>O Gosto da Criação</i> album by Zé Ramalho

O Gosto da Criação is the seventeenth album by Brazilian solo artist Zé Ramalho. It was released in 2002.

<i>Zé Ramalho Canta Luiz Gonzaga</i> album by Zé Ramalho

Zé Ramalho canta Luiz Gonzaga is the third tribute album by Brazilian solo artist Zé Ramalho. This time, he pays a tribute to his influence Luiz Gonzaga, one of the most well-known artist of the forró music.

Fred Andrade is a Brazilian musician and composer. Active in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, he has played with many famous artists, such as Elba Ramalho, Quinteto Violado, Heraldo do Monte, Naná Vasconcelos, Lula Queiroga, Dominguinhos and Lenine. He was also member of the instrumental groups Mandinga and Noise Viola.

Mário Negrão Brazilian musician

Mário Negrão Borgonovi is a Brazilian composer, drummer and percussionist.

João Miguel Serrano Leonelli is a Brazilian actor, screenwriter and director. He has appeared in more than twenty films since 2004.

<i>Megatamainho</i> 2014 studio album by Gero Camilo

Megatamainho is the second studio album by Brazilian musician, actor and director Gero Camilo, released in 2014. It was produced by Bactéria, former keyboardist and guitarist of Mundo Livre S/A, and it features partnerships with Luiz Caldas, Vanessa da Mata, Otto and Rubi. Camilo describes the album music as something with potency "for dance, for celebration". He also said that he didn't make an effort towards any genre, and that it comes naturally "from my relation with my taste, from receiving things without prejudice".

Falamansa is a Brazilian forró band created in 1998 in São Paulo. With the success of forró on the nights of the city of São Paulo, a movement emerged in the city to meet the demand of the nightclubs and the adolescent public, who identified immediately with the dance and the contagious rhythm of the style.