Barbosa, Adoniran

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Barbosa, Adoniran Gender: M
Rubinato, João
born on 7 August 1910 at 23:00 (= 11:00 PM )
Place Valinhos (São Paulo), Brazil, 22s5814, 46w5945
Timezone LMT m46w5945 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating DD
Collector: Borges
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 14°39' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 18°58 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 28°04'

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Adoniran Barbosa (1935)


Brazilian singer and composer who had a hit with "Train Eleven Maloca," 1950. Barbosa’s songs, blending humor and melancholy, depicted the drama of individual life amidst the violence in urban areas. Although relatively unknown outside Brazil, he was incredibly popular with the lower classes of the country and is considered the most original of the samba composers of São Paulo.

The son of Italian immigrants from Venice, Barbosa was born João Rubinato. His childhood was difficult, and when he was ten years old, he began working to help support his family. When laws that proclaimed 12 as a minimum age for factory workers threatened to interfere, his father solved the problem by changing the year on his birth certificate from 1912 to 1910. His life as a worker didn’t go smoothly; he was continually fired from jobs because he didn’t concentrate on his work, preferring instead to spend his time singing and composing. In 1934, he entered a radio contest and took first place. He worked in radio for much of his career, both in radio soaps and as a comedian, and his comedic talents resulted in some television work during his later years. It wasn’t until 1940 that he gained any notice as a samba composer.

Barbosa was married to Mathilde.

He died in 1982 in São Paulo.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Marcello Borges quotes B.C. from the notary's office even though his biography gives July 6, 1910. His birth was registered on August 14, 1910. PT changed the rating to DD pending further investigation based on the statement in the biography that his father changed his birth certificate "from 1912 to 1910." Internet sources give both years.

Sy Scholfield notes that the BC has been published online (stating 7 August 1910 at 11 p.m.) in a blog with references to statements from family that he was born in 1910 (not 1912) according to the ages/births of his five brothers:


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger (Composer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (Singer)