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Túlio Borges

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Túlio Borges

Borges studied piano in the Music School of Brasília, recorded jingles, took part in a jazz band and in a school choir when he lived in the US—where he toured and won prizes in music festivals. Even though he wrote music since his childhood, only when he was 23 and living in London did he start compiling his work (he had nigh 40 songs), which he would record once back to Brazil. In his homeland, he started to take part in festivals. Among other prizes, he was nominated Brazil’s best independent singer of 2010, when his first album was nominated one of the country’s 50 best albums that year.

In one of many festivals he participated, he met a singer from Rio de Janeiro called Vytória Rudan, with whom he became stage partners.

Also sharing the microphones with Túlio comes Ms Inácia, who raised him and has worked for his family for 35 years. “It’s her that maybe has influenced me the most,” he analyzes. “She was the one who brought home black music, popular music, music from the Northeast, and the stories,” he tells. She opens the album with Túlio in Pontos, which is a song that is in public domain; “songs that I caught her singing while working, songs that she hadn’t even realized she knew by heart, so sweet and melodious.”

Ms Inácia Maria da Conceição, born in Piauí, solos in the last part of the song. “The idea was to record the parts with accompaniment that would add value to them, and that the recording was a thanks in life for the support that Ms Inácia gives me, as simply as with a hug and a kiss that cleanse the soul, so sincere and pure they are,” defines the soloist.


Music critic Egídio Leitao on Brazilian singer-songwriter Túlio Borges

“Once in a while an album lands in your hands and makes you wonder why more people do not take notice of it. Whether with its artful liner notes, the smooth singer’s voice and precise articulation or the lyricism and melodiousness of crafty songs, the album causes you to play it over and over and relish each new discovery. It is a surprising gift that keeps on giving and never loses its appeal.”