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Neo-pagode group formed in São Paulo by the friends Luiz Carlos (guitar) and Paulinho (bass) in 1983 in the working-class suburb of Vila Nhocuné, the Raça Negra owes its popularity to a great extent to its sensuous choreography, romantic lyrics, mellifluous melodies, and strongly catchy refrains. Inviting another friend, Fena, to do the percussion, soon the duo was also joined by Fernando Monstrinho, Fininho, Gabú (who left the group in 1997), and Edson Café. In 1991, their demo tape resulted in a contract with RGE, and in that year the first Raça Negra album came out, featuring "Caroline" (Luiz Carlos). Other hits on that album were "Quero Ver Você Chorar," "Somente Você," and "Chega." The success brought invitations for performances on TV in Rio and São Paulo. The visual impact of their choreography yielded more invitations for shows, and the group enjoyed nationwide popularity. Other Raça Negra hits are "Cigana," "Quando Te Encontrei," "Cheia de Manias," "Doce Paixão," and "Me Leva Junto com Você."
Raça Negra (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈʁasɐ ˈneɡɾɐ]) or also The Black Race, in English, is a Brazilian pagode group from São Paulo.
The ensemble formed in 1983, but did not release their first album until 1991, after a demo tape got them signed to RGE. The album spawned numerous hits in Brazil, and over the next decade the group went on to sell millions of albums. They have made many appearances on Brazilian television. Among their hits are "Caroline", "Quero Ver Você Chorar," "Somente Você," "Chega", "Cigana," "Quando Te Encontrei," "Cheia de Manias," "Doce Paixão," and "Me Leva Junto com Você".
The group's music is perhaps best known to the English-speaking world as a result of a slipup at a Brazilian CD pressing plant in 1999. Several hundred copies of AOL CD-ROMs were accidentally pressed with a Raça Negra album instead of the company software.
It is noticeable that the ensemble does not present a cavaquinho or banjo, traditional instruments in the genre of pagode.Raça Negra at Allmusic.com AOL Waltzes into Brazil, Unprepared for the Samba. New York Times, December 11, 1999. Accessed December 29, 2007.
MembersCurrent membersLuiz Carlos - vocals, guitarPaulinho - bassFernando MonstrinhoFininho (João Roberto)Fena - percussionEdson CaféFormer members
Gabú (1991–1997) - percussion