Biography of Dominguinhos

Dominguinhos with Elba Ramalho
Dominguinhos with Elba Ramalho

José Domingos de Morais (Garanhuns, February 12, 1941), known as Dominguinhos, is a Brazilian instrumentalist, singer and composer.

Dominguinhos was an expert accordion player, had as masters names like Luiz Gonzaga and Orlando Silveira. Has influences from his musical background baião, bossa nova, crying, lining, xote, jazz etc.

Luis Gonzaga set the tone and Dominguinhos followed the melody on the accordion.

More than just learning, the disciple innovated the master's art. Dominguinhos lent the accordion new and different accents.

He didn't abandon his godfather's baião, but he also didn't stop playing on other beaches of Brazilian music.

Dominguinhos' work is further proof that accents or origins do not matter when it comes to making music.

In the universe of sounds and rhythms, what really counts is sensitivity, responsible for emotion and talent, capable of transforming ideas and concepts into works of art.

These are the most constant ingredients in the trajectory of José Domingos de Morais, José Domingos de Morais, Pernambuco, from Pernambuco, Dominguinhos, against the backdrop of a great talent, they compose the life picture of one of the most important Brazilian artists of today.

Biography of Dominguinhos

Accordion baby

The Three Penguins, formed by Moraes (accordion) and Valdomiro (zabumba).
The Three Penguins, formed by Moraes (accordion) and Valdomiro (zabumba).

12/2/1941 – José Domingos de Morais is born, in Garanhuns, in rural Pernambuco. He is the son of Mestre Chicão, who plays and tunes eight-bass accordions (like Januário, Gonzaga's father).

I was born with a lot of brothers, we were 16, my mother, my father. At that time everything was very difficult, kind of similar to today, but today we have more things"

As a child, he played triangle with his brothers in the group Os Três Pinguins, formed by Moraes (accordion) and Valdomiro (zabumba). Acordeon Baby is her childhood nickname.

1949 – At age 7, he meets Luiz Gonzaga while playing in front of the hotel where he was staying, in Garanhuns. The King of Baião promises the boy an accordion if he ever went to Rio de Janeiro

Sunday is born

DominguinhosMy father immediately wanted to go to Gonzaga's house… There were 2 minutes and he took an 80 bass accordion and handed it over. All we wanted in life was an accordion”.

1954 – Moves to Rio with his father and one of his brothers. Settled in the suburb of Nilópolis, he learns other styles to play in nightclubs in the city, especially chorinho.

Sundays with Luis Gonzaga
Sundays with Luis Gonzaga

1957 – At age 16, he is sponsored by Gonzaga, who calls him his 'artistic heir'. Gonzagão would later give him the nickname that would make him famous in Brazil.

In the same year, he made his first professional recording when he played accordion in the song 'Moça de Feira', on an album by Luiz Gonzaga

Northeastern Trio and Anastasia

Forró group Trio Nordestino
Forró group Trio Nordestino

1958 – At 17, he marries Janete, his first wife. Dominguinhis had with her children Mauro and Madeleine Trio Nordestino and Anastácia

They said that Gonzaga has a voice like a cracked cane. That nigga, in a leather hat, in an espadrilles, in a doublet, playing the accordion, it was an outrage dancing xaxado, all those things"

1958 – Together with Zito Borborema and Miudinho, the forró group Trio Nordestino forms. In the following years, he became interested in other genres, such as samba, gafieira and bolero.

1965 – Dominguinhos is invited by Pedro Sertanejo to record a record for the Cantagalo record label that was aimed at northeastern immigrants living in Rio de Janeiro.

Little Dominguinhos with Anastasia
Dominguinhos with Anastasia

1967 – Back to the xotes and baião, he joins a tour of Gonzagão in the northeast, dividing himself between an accordion player and a driver (Dominguinhos, by the way, was afraid of flying).

On this tour, he meets the Pernambuco singer Anastácia, his future wife and co-author of over 200 songs.

Bahian Xodó

I think a lot of people fill my ball, but there are a lot of people playing. I am now a veteran of the instrument, so everyone respects, everyone has affection”

Sundays with Gal Costa
Sundays with Gal Costa

1972 – Invited by businessman Guilherme Araújo, he accompanies Gal Costa on the show 'Índia'. The following year, Gil recorded 'Eu just want a xodó', a hit that later gained more than 250 remakes.

1975 – Participates in the tour of 'Refazenda' by Gilberto Gil, who also records 'Tenho Sede'. Starts to collaborate more frequently with the universe of MPB (see photo with Nara Leão). In 1979, he composed with the poet Manduka 'Who will take me is me', winner of the TV Tupi Festival

1985 – Emplases two songs on the soap opera 'Roque Santeiro': 'Back to my comfort', and 'This is too good here', signed together with Nando Cordel.

Invasion of the university forró

Dominguinhos - University ForroThe accordion player was muffled and ended up becoming a base, replaced by the guitar. The accordion player, nowadays, does not play. When it does a lot, it's an introduction"

1990 – During the entire decade, Dominguinhos releases one album a year. During these ten years, he was critical of university and electronic forró – calling the latter 'disposable'

1997 – Signs the songs for the film 'O cangaceiro', by Anibal Massaini Neto. He also participates singing the songs of Zé do Norte, present in the original 1953 feature

1999 – Ten years after Luiz Gonzaga's death, he records the album 'You will see what is good', which features an unprecedented song by composer Zé Dantas (Gonzagão's partner)
Dominguinhos (1941-2013) was a Brazilian musician. Singer, accordion player and composer, he made musical partnerships with Gilberto Gil, Nando Cordel and Chico Buarque, Anastácia, among others.

Dominguinhos (1941–2013) was born in Garanhuns, Pernambuco, on February 12, 1941. Son of master Chicão, an eight-bass bellows player and tuner, he began his artistic career in childhood, when he formed a trio with his two brothers . His instrument was the tambourine, and the trio performed at open markets, in taverns and at hotel doors.

In 1948, playing at the door of a hotel, he was heard by Luiz Gonzaga, who was enchanted by the boys' ability and gave them his address in Rio de Janeiro. In 1954, together with his family, in a pau-de-arara truck, he went to Rio de Janeiro. As soon as they arrived in the municipality of Nilópolis, Luiz Gonzaga became his godfather and gave him an accordion.

With the artistic name of Neném do accordion, he started playing in bars, steakhouses, casinos and nightclubs. In 1967, he joined Rádio Nacional, the year he recorded his first album. He was invited to recordings and concerts by famous singers, including Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Maria Betânia.

Dominguinhos had as a partner the singer and songwriter Anastácia, who wrote the lyrics for 210 songs composed by him.

He partnered with Chico Buarque, in the song “Tantas Palavras”, with Nando Cordel, in “De volta pro meu aconchego” and “That here's too good”, with Gilberto Gil, in the songs “Lamento Sertanejo e Abri a porta”, between others. With several records recorded, with his characteristic leather hat, Dominguinhos performed all over the country, playing with his accordion, the forró, typical music from the Northeast of Brazil.

On December 17, 2012, Dominguinhos was admitted to Hospital Santa Joana, in Recife, with respiratory infection and cardiac arrhythmia. On January 15, at the request of the family, he was transferred to the Hospital Sírio Libanês, in São Paulo, where he fell into a coma after two cardiac arrests.

Dominguinhos passed away on July 23, 2013, in São Paulo. His burial was carried out at the Morada da Paz cemetery, in the municipality of Paulista, in the Metropolitan Region of Recife.

In response to a request from Dominguinhos, who, in an interview with radio broadcaster Geraldo Freire, from Rádio Jornal do Comércio, in the city of Recife, expressed the desire to be buried in the city where he was born, the singer's body was transferred to Garanhuns, on the day July 26, 2013, and buried in the São Miguel cemetery.

Biography of Dominguinhos

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