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TICO DA COSTA

Born in Areia Branca (Natal), in the Northeast of Brazil, Tico da Costa grew up listening to all the rhythms of the "nordeste" as well as those from Rio de Janeiro, eventually combining them all into his own inimitable style. An extremely prolific singer/song writer (he writes two to three songs a day), he is also a guitar virtuoso, a composer of instrumental music and a born-showman that can magnetize any audience whether as a solo performer - voice and guitar, or accompanied by his band.

Mr. da Costa is a knockabout folk troubadour and message-spreader... his light, easy tenor adorned polyrhythmic guitar lines that could always go fast enough to suit his needs, sometimes striking the band into a precarious double time. He had the crowd chanting a percussive chorus... ...this was where Mr. Da Costa showed himself to be a superb artisan: skillfully recreating a few minutes of a beatific locomotion that in its proper context could have stretched into hours. - Ben Ratliff, NEW YORK TIMES

The exact date of this concert is not known, but it occurred in the marked year around this time.

Earlier Event: November 15
Power and Grace
Later Event: December 13
ABYA YALA