Alceu Valença is a Brazilian singer, songwriter and filmmaker. He emerged as an exponent of the northeastern music generation in the 1970s and was one of the first to promote the union of the sound of the northeastern agreste with the electric guitar. P>
Alceu Paiva Valença (1946) was born in the city of São Bento do Uma, located in the Agreste Central of Pernambuco, on July 1, 1946. Son of Décio and Adelma Valença grew up in the middle of a musical family. His grandfather, Orestes Alves Valença was a poet and guitar player, his uncle Geraldo Valença was a poet and writer. The piano and the mandolin were always present at soirés organized by the family. At his city fair he heard Luiz Gonzaga's voice from the speaker.
At the age of five, he participated in a children's contest at Cine Teatro Rex, where he sang Capevo's frevo, É Frevo, Meu Bem, which was ranked in second place. Alceu says that he was dazzled and without knowing what to do, he started doing somersaults, causing the audience to laugh and applaud him. He felt that that place was his.
In the mid-1950s, his family moved to Recife. At the age of 15 he won his first guitar. As a mischievous young man, he was expelled from several schools. In 1969 he graduated in Law from the Faculty of Law of Recife. He worked as a correspondent for Jornal do Brasil.
In 1971 he chose music and moved to Rio de Janeiro. Together with Geraldo Azevedo, he sought Jackson do Pandeiro to sing with them at an MPB festival. He participated in TV Tupi and TV Globo festivals. In 1974 he released "Molhado de Suor", his first solo album. In 1975 he had the song “Caravana” included in the soundtrack of the soap opera Gabriela on TV Globo. In 1977 he released "Mirror Crystal".
In 1980, Alceu Valença signed a contract with the multinational Ariola. That same year, he released the album “Coração Bobo”, whose title song was sung across the country. The commercial success of his career came in 1982, with the album Cavalo de Pau, which emerged with the songs “Tropicana” and “Como Dois Animais”. In 1985 he launched “Estação da Luz”, which was successful with “Bom Demais” and “Olinda - Sonhos de Valsa”.
In 1996, alongside Geraldo Azevedo, Elba Ramalho and Zé Ramalho participated in a series of shows entitled “O Grande Encontro”, which toured the country and resulted in the album with the same name. The following year, Alceu participated in the night “Pernambuco in Canto: Carnaval de Olinda”, at the Montreux Festival, in Switzerland, alongside Geraldo Azevedo, Elba Ramalho, Naná Vasconcelos and Moraes Moreira.
In 2002, he released the album “De Janeiro a Janeiro”, with emphasis on the songs: “Espelho Cristalino”, “Flor de Tangerina” and “Estação da Luz”, which receives the Tim Award for Brazilian Music in the “ Best Regional Singer ”. In 2003, Alceu Valença recorded the album and the first DVD, entitled “Ao Vivo em Todos os Sentidos”, with great successes, among them: “Bicho Maluco Beleza” and “Diabo Louro”.
In 2014, four decades after the release of his first solo album, Alceu released two albums: “Amigo da Arte”, with a repertoire based on frevos, cirandas and maracatus, many of them reinterpretations of his previous works, which hit stores in February. The album was nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Regional Music or Brazilian Roots Album. In August he released the album “Valencianas”, in which hits like “Coração Bobo”, “Anunciação” and “...