José Mário Branco

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José Mário Branco
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Branco in 2011
José Mário Monteiro Guedes Branco

(1942-05-25)25 May 1942
Died19 November 2019(2019-11-19) (aged 77)
Lisbon, Portugal
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • composer
  • actor
  • record producer
Years active1963–2019
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano

José Mário Branco (25 May 1942 – 19 November 2019) was a Portuguese singer-songwriter, actor, and record producer.



José Mário Branco was born in Porto, the son of primary school teachers, and became politically involved in the early 1960s. This political activity during the dictatorship in Portugal and his opposition to the colonial war led him to seek exile in France in 1963. [1] There he would eventually meet and collaborate with musicians such as Sérgio Godinho and Zeca Afonso, whose records he produced and recorded at the Château d'Hérouville studios.

After the 1974 revolution Branco returned to Portugal and was the founder of the music ensemble GAC – Grupo de Acção Cultural. He composed a number of music scores for theatre plays.

Branco died of a stroke on 19 November 2019 at the age of 77. [2]


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  1. Caetano, Maria João (19 November 2019). "Para ele a cantiga era uma arma: morreu José Mário Branco". Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  2. "Morreu José Mário Branco, um dos nomes maiores da canção portuguesa". Público (in Portuguese). 19 November 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
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