Lenine, born in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, is a singer, composer, arranger, musician and producer. His compositions combine Brazilian popular music with the rhythm of northeast Brazil over a base of rock, pop and electronica.
Lenine specially enjoyed listening to rock all through his teens, until he discovered the album "Clube da Esquina", by Milton Nascimento, and saw Gilberto Gil performing. At the age of 18 he moved to Rio de Janeiro to compete in a music festival.
Lenine has composed for such Brazilian stars as Gilberto Gil, Daude and Sergio Mendes. In 2005 he was the top winner of Brazil's TIM Awards, sweeping the categories of Best CD, Best Male Vocalist, Best Male Vocalist (Popular Vote) and Best Song. He has also received two Latin Grammy Awards in 2005 for Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album and Best Brazilian Song.
In 1982, Lenine released his first LP, "Baque Solto", with partner Lula Queiroga. The second record, "Olho de Peixe", came out ten years later, though, this time with percussionist Marcos Suzano. The album ensured his importance among Brazilian musicians who promoted the genre in the 90's by merging it with pop music. Lenine's first solo record, "O Dia em que Faremos Contato", came out in 1997, featuring a pop structure for his mix of electronica, northeastern rhythms and samba. Two years later, he released "Na Pressão". In 2001, "Falange Canibal" was released and had a special guest, the American group Living Color with the music "O Homem dos Olhos de Raios-X". His album "In Cité" (2004), a reference to the preposition "in" plus the word "city" in French, was recorded at the auditorium of the "Cité de La Music" in Paris. Lenine's last album "Acústico MTV" had been released recently (2006) and brought special guests as Igor Cavalera (Sepultura, one of the most famous worldwide rock Brazilian band), Richard Bona (from Cameroun, Africa), Victor Astorga (Chile), Julieta Venegas (Mexican-Grammy-nomineed and special featuring in the "Amores Perros"' soundtrack). Also in 2006, Lenine released his U.S. debut disc "Lenine [Enhanced]".
Lenine's official MySpace is www.myspace.com/lenineacustico and his website is at www.lenine.com.br
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