Noel Rosa, who would be 109 this Wednesday (11), received a tribute from Google, with a Doodle on his home page. The illustration, created by the artist Olivia Huynh, shows a drawing of Poeta da Vila playing the guitar in a local bar in his day, a common scenario in his music. The art is being displayed on the search engine's homepage, only in Brazil, in computer and mobile versions. Noel Rosa was a sambista, singer, Brazilian composer who died on May 4, 1937, at the age of 26, a victim of tuberculosis.
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Doodle honors Noel Rosa's 109th birthday on the Google homepage Photo: Reproduo / Google
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Author of great samba hits, such as Conversa de botequim, Feitio da vila and Fita Amarela, Noel de Medeiros Rosa was born in Vila Isabel, Rio de Janeiro, in 1910, and started playing mandolin at 13, soon learning as well playing the guitar. He went to medical school, but chose music as a profession and composed more than 300 songs, between sambas and marchinhas marked by the presence of humor and irony.
At the beginning of his career, Noel was part of the Bando de Tangars ensemble, along with musicians Almirante, Braguinha, Alvinho, Henrique Brito and Henrique Domingos. In 1930, when he no longer belonged to the group, the song Com que roupa ?, his first great success, became a national hit and boosted his career. From then on, his songs had a great influence on the formation of popular and urban samba of the time.
Noel had as main partner the composer Vadico, who helped him compose great classics of his career. His songs were recorded by names like Carmen Miranda, Aracy de Almeida, Francisco Alves and Orlando Silva and are still sung by samba dancers from all over the country. In the cinema, Noel Rosa was honored with the film Noel: Poeta da Vila (2006), in which he was played by actor Rafael Raposo.
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