Arthur Verocai

Arthur Cortes Verocai (born June 17, 1945) is a Brazilian composer, singer, and producer. He is best known for his 1972 self-titled debut album which garnered a cult following during the 2000s in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Arthur Verocai
Birth nameArthur Cortes Verocai
Born (1945-06-17) June 17, 1945 (age 77)[1]
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
OriginRio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Composer
  • guitarist
  • record producer
  • Guitar
  • piano
  • vocals
Years active1969–present[3]


Arthur Cortes Verocai was born in Rio de Janeiro on June 17, 1945. In school, he studied civil engineering. After graduating in 1968, he began arranging music under the mentorship of Roberto Menescal for artists like Jorge Ben, Gal Costa, Elis Regina, Ivan Lins, Marcos Valle, Quarteto em Cy, O Terço, Leny Andrade, and Célia.[4][5]

In 1972, Verocai released his debut self-titled album which he describes as "samba mixed with soul."[6] It contrasted with the music of Tim Maia, who pioneered the sound of Brazilian soul at the time.[7] Verocai's influences for the album were anywhere from jazz musicians like Miles Davis, Bill Evans, and Wes Montgomery to classical artists like Debussy and Heitor Villa-Lobos to American funk and rock musicians like Chicago, Frank Zappa, and Jimmy Webb.[4][8] Verocai has described himself as "a son of bossa,"[9] and was highly influenced by the bossa nova pieces of composers and singers like Tom Jobim and Leny Andrade which can be seen especially on tracks "Velho Parente" and "Que Mapa."[10][11]

The album was largely ignored in Brazil when it was released which led Verocai to stop composing for 30 years and switch to arranging jingles for adverting instead. In the 2000s though, the album started to achieve a cult-status, with some original vinyl copies selling for £2,000.[12][13] In 2009, he performed his 1972 album with a 30-piece orchestra at California State University's Luckman Theater in Los Angeles.[14][15]


Verocai has been cited as an influence by TV on the Radio, Cut Chemist, MF DOOM, Madlib, and BADBADNOTGOOD.[16]


Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected details
Title Details
Arthur Verocai
  • Released: 1972[17]
  • Label: Continental
Saudade Demais
  • Released: 2002[18]
  • Label: Independent release
No Voo do Urubu
  • Released: 2016[20]
  • Label: Selo SESC SP[21]

Live albumsEdit

List of live albums, with selected details
Title Details
  • Released: March 30, 2010[22]
  • Recorded: March 15, 2009
  • Label: Mochilla

As featured artistEdit


  1. ^ "Arthur Verocai Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  2. ^ "Arthur Verocai". Red Bull Music Academy. 2006. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  3. ^ "Arthur Verocai". Ubiquity Records. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Arthur Verocai". Far Out Recordings. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  5. ^ "Brazilian musician Arthur Verocai on his late-blossoming career: 'I wanted to run away from myself'". The Guardian. April 6, 2022. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved March 23, 2023.
  6. ^ "Sunday show preview: The timelessness of Arthur Verocai". LA Times Blogs - Pop & Hiss. March 13, 2009. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  7. ^ "Arthur Verocai". Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  8. ^ "Review". Songlines. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  9. ^ "Arthur Verocai fala sobre seu clássico disco de 1972, pérola redescoberta pelo rap". (in Portuguese). Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  10. ^ "Arthur Verocai - Closest Brazilian comparisons would be to Tim Maia and Jorge Ben. This unique recording has funk flavoringsand a touch of folk. - UBIQUITY RECORDS". Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  11. ^ Park, Roger. "Arthur Verocai @ The Luckman 3/15/09". LAist. Archived from the original on November 6, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  12. ^ "I THREW EVERYTHING AWAY: AN INTERVIEW WITH ARTHUR VEROCAI". Sounds And Colors. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  13. ^ "Arthur Verocai – S.T." In Sheeps Clothing. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  14. ^ "The legend of Arthur Verocai". The Vinyl Factory. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  15. ^ "ARTHUR VEROCAI: NOTHING TO DO WITH TROPICALIA". LA Record. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  16. ^ "Arthur Verocai: Return Of A Brazilian Secret". NPR. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  17. ^ "Arthur Verocai – Arthur Verocai". AllMusic. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  18. ^ "Arthur Verocai lança novo disco com participações de Criolo e Mano Brown". Música Brasileira. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  19. ^ "Arthur Verocai – Encore". AllMusic. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  20. ^ "Arthur Verocai lança novo disco com participações de Criolo e Mano Brown" (in Portuguese). UAI. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  21. ^ "NO VOO DO URUBU" (in Portuguese). Sesc São Paulo. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  22. ^ "Timeless by Arthur Verocai". Rate Your Music. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  23. ^ Legaspi, Althea (March 17, 2021). "Hiatus Kaiyote Preview New Album With 'Get Sun'". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on March 17, 2021. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  24. ^ "BadBadNotGood Announce New Album Talk Memory, Share Video for New Song". Pitchfork. July 15, 2021. Archived from the original on July 15, 2021. Retrieved July 15, 2021.

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