|Also known as Monsueto|
Movies Of Gods and the Undead
Name Monsueto Menezes
Instruments Voice, drums
|Birth name Monsueto Campos de Menezes|
Born November 4, 1924 Morro do Pinto favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1924-11-04)
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, composer, painter, actor
Died March 17, 1973, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Albums Mora na Filosofia dos Sambas de Monsueto (Original Samba Album)
Similar People Baden Powell de Aquino, Billie Holiday, Vinicius de Moraes, Oscar Peterson, Art Blakey
Monsueto Campos de Menezes (November 4, 1924 – March 17, 1973), better known as Monsueto, was a Brazilian sambista, singer, composer, drummer, painter, and actor. He was a part of the samba de morro (Portuguese for "hill samba") school, and helped popularize it along with other artists such as Cartola, Nelson Cavaquinho, Clementina de Jesus, Silas de Oliveira, Mano Décio da Viola, and Zé Keti. His musical output, though small, is considered very valuable to the history of Brazilian music.
Born in Gávea but raised in the favela Morro do Pinto, Monsueto was an orphan by the age of three and was brought up by his grandmother and aunt. He began playing drums around the age of 15, and during the 1940s he played in various bands, including the Orquestra de Copinha, which performed at the Copacabana Palace Hotel. During the early 1950s many of his compositions were recorded by other artists, and by the late 1950s he was appearing in films and on television, and making his own recordings. In later years, he found success as a painter.
After waning in popularity, Monsueto was "rediscovered" in the late 1960s, beginning with Maria Bethânia's cover of his song "Mora na filosofia". Two legendary albums recorded in the 1970s (Milton Nascimento et al.'s Clube da Esquina and Caetano Veloso's Transa, voted to number 7 and number 10, respectively, on Rolling Stone Brazil's list of greatest Brazilian albums of all time) featured Monsueto's compositions. Caetano performed a rock and roll-inspired version of the song his sister had previously covered, "Mora no filosofia", on Transa, while Milton performed "Me deixa em paz" with Alaíde Costa on Clube da Esquina. Caetano also performed Monsueto's song "Eu quero essa mulher" on Araçá azul, the followup to Transa.