Tico Santa Cruz

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Tico Santa Cruz
Born (1977-09-30) September 30, 1977 (age 42)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Genres Alternative rock, post-punk, psychedelic rock, hard rock, garage rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, writer, activist
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Associated acts Detonautas Roque Clube, Raimundos

Tico Santa Cruz (born Luis Guilherme Brunetta Fontenelle de Araújo; September 30, 1977 in Rio de Janeiro) is the frontman of Detonautas Roque Clube.


Early life

Tico studied Social Sciences, Communication and Physical Education but did not complete any of the three majors because of his dedication to music.


Composer, writer and poet, Tico created a group of social performance called Voluntários da Pátria (Patriotic Volunteers) that aims to bring music, poetry and socio-political debates in schools and public universities and private detention facilities across the country.
Over the past years he kept his blog Clube da Insônia (Sleeplessness Club) with diverse texts, posters, erotic stories, poems, lyrics, with emphasis on issues related to citizenship and youth.
He is currently a writer for the Brazilian newspaper O Dia, which has a column every Monday. Tico also writes for the ecological magazine Onda Carioca and collaborates with the magazine M... .
Launching the fourth album with his band named O Retorno de Saturno , Tico Santa Cruz travels the whole of Brazil playing rock.
He is Interested in books, documentaries, movies and stories to tell.


After much speculation, Tico Santa Cruz will take the vocal of Raimundos from January 2010. Who has confirmed the singer on the group was the guitarist and lead singer, Digão, in an interview for Folha Online, the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo, on November 24, 2009.

Initially Tico is only a guest of the group, but the project can earn higher proportions depending on the response from fans. "Tico is a great friend and a very competent guy", said Digão for the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo. "We entered an agreement to split the vocals, I sing sometimes and he will do most, but I would be all the time playing guitar and backing vocals while not singing."

On November 27, 2009, Raimundos performed featuring Tico Santa Cruz in the Festival Virtual Cerrado, in Brasília, in a tribute to producer Tom Capone. Digão revealed that the presentation will be a jam between friends and Tico should sing the songs "Herbocinética", "Bonita", "A Mais Pedida" and "Eu Quero Ver o Oco".


Tico is well known for his protests against the impunity for criminals and corrupt politicians in Brazil during Workers' Party government. In an interview he stated about his political struggle and its relationship with drugs: "I'm for legalization because the system behind the prohibition kills more than the drug itself."


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1. Blog Tico Santa Cruz (in Portuguese)
2. Quem Magazine: Ten questions from readers to Tico Santa Cruz (in Portuguese)
3. Tico Santa Cruz and the Raimundos (in Portuguese)

1. Clube da Insônia (in Portuguese)
2. Tico Santa Cruz on Twitter
3. Tico Santa Cruz on Facebook