The powerful voice, his sharp rhythmic sense and unmatched charisma were the elements that marked the unmistakable style of Tim Maia (aka Síndico do Brasil), who influenced artists such as Roberto Carlos, Jorge Ben Jor, Marisa Monte, Jota Quest, Ivete Sangalo, Racionais Mc's and a lot of celebrities of the MPB legion.
Sebastião Rodrigues Maia (Tim Maia) was born and raised in Tijuca (Rio de Janeiro-Brazil), at the age of seven he, composing his first songs. In 1956 his first musical group, Os Tijucanos do Ritmo, toured the circuit of Rio's parishes with some influences from artists like Trio Los Pancho, Sonora Matancera and Perez Prado. The band did not last long and, after a discussion the main guitar was breaked. Tim's father and an admirer betted in his early boy, giving him encouragement buying him a new guitar. In 1957 Tim Maia forms the Sputniks group.
Before completing his seventeen, travels to the U.S. creating the group The Ideals recording music "New Love", of his own. With a similar timbre like Barry White, he was contaminated by the sound of "The Isley Brothers", but his journey in North America had a forced end being his decision to return to their country of origin.
In 1968, he produced the album "A Onda É o Boogaloo" by Eduardo Araújo. Pioneer, Tim was largely responsible for bringing the sound of soul music to the new ones. But the big turning point came when the already established Roberto Carlos cuted a Tim Maia's song, "Não Vou Ficar" for the album "Roberto Carlos" (1969). His career in Brazil was consolidated in 1969, when he recorded a single by Fermata label with "These Are the Songs" (re-recorded in the following year by Elis Regina in duo with him and included in the Elis' album "Em Pleno Verão"(1970)) and "What Do You Want to Bet".
In the 1970s, he met Manuel Jacintho Coelho , leader of the controversial doctrine Rational Culture. Tim plunged headlong into the ideas of the guru when he read the series of books called "Universo em Desencanto" and changed dramatically his lifestyle, that of unruly and bohemian, became disciplined and healthy. The influence of Rational Culture also hit his music and Tim decided to make two albums called Tim Maia Rational, volumes One and Two.
Both released by his own label named Seroma (word "amores" reading backwards and the abbreviation of the name itself, SEbastião ROdrigues MAia"). After his Rational Culture stage, in 1978, Tim Maia took advantage of the "disco" explosion and made one of his most popular and highly regarded records, "Tim Maia Disco Club", which launched the smash-hit, "Sossego". The album had the participation of a bunch of great musicians like Banda Black Rio, Hyldon, Pepeu Gomes, among others.
In 1981 "Do Leme ao Pontal" released on the B-side of the single "Amiga", he ignited the summer and became one of its major unforgettable classics. In 1982, Sandra de Sá, recorded the hit "Vale Tudo". In 1983 the LP "O Descobridor dos Sete Mares" quickly turned into another hit album that broke the charts and conquered the radios around the country, especially the title song "O Descobridor dos Sete Mares" (Michel and Gilson Mendonça) and the romantic ballad "Me dê Motivo" (Michael Sullivan / Paul Massadas). In 1985 he repeated the successful partnership with Sullivan and Massadas and cuted "Um Dia de Domingo", a duet with Gal Costa. And it was like that until of the end of 80's cutting several songs which made the people dance passionately.
The 90's were marked by an impressive amount of work and many health problems, but with all this problems Tim recorded nine records in just seven years and won a new generation of fans. After winning its independence with Seroma and Victoria Regia, Tim Maia increased productivity and into the more prophylactic and versatile stage of his career. He reached record several albums a year in different styles such as bossa nova, funk, soul, romantic ballads and American classics. In 1998, during a preformance at Teatro Municipal de Niterói, she fell ill and had to leave the stage in an ambulance. After cardiovascular complications, he was hospitalized for a week in the hospital and died on 15 March by a generalized infection.
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