I have planned to write about Tizumba since the first edition of Berimbaudrum. I could never get away with talking about the Music from Minas Gerais, without talking about Maurício Tizumba. When I met him during the Freshers week at Fafi-BH in 1990, we could all see that there was more to that musician. His broad smile and the sincerity in his eyes, which I managed to capture in a picture for our Student Union magazine, became a type of icon in our publicity material.

Maurício Tizumba is considered by Brazilian critics as a complete show-man. The singer, actor, dancer, comedian and composer from the state of Minas Gerais, has been mesmerizing audiences for more than 30 years. His charisma breaks any ice and his deliveries are full of wit and originality. Yet, Tizumba’s work is coherent and self-aware.

During the whole of his career, the artist has been engaged in rescuing and renewing cultural…

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