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Cidade Negra (Portuguese: Black City) is a Brazilian reggae band formed in 1986 in Rio de Janeiro. Their style is influenced by soul and rock music. Common themes of Cidade Negra songs include love and social issues.
|Origin||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Past members||Ras Bernardo|
The band reached success in 1991, with the album Lute pra Viver (Fight to Live), including the radio hit "Falar a Verdade". Ras Bernardo was the first vocalist.
Garrido at the time was the vocalist of Banda Bel. He entered in Cidade Negra after their second album, in 1993.
In 2002, Cidade Negra recorded their first acoustic record, on MTV Brasil. The Acústico MTV (MTV Unplugged Cidade Negra contained another radio hit, "Girassol". In this year, Garrido was presenter of two editions of Globo-Endemol's reality show Fama with Angélica
In 2005, the group was nominated for Brazilian VMAs (VMB), for best video by viewers choice (Perto de Deus). They lost it to CPM 22's "Um Minuto para o Fim do Mundo". In 2006, celebrating twenty years of career, the group released the DVD Direct - Live.
In 2007 Sony BMG did not renew their contract with the band, who soon found EMI Music to launch its newest project then the CD and DVD: Entertainment - Live, recorded at the Teatro Popular - Niterói, on August 16, 2007, released by the band. In April 2008, Toni Garrido announced his exit from the Cidade Negra, after fourteen years on the road.
In June 2008, Garrido undertook his last concert in the Festa Estadual do Leite Presidente Getúlio, Santa Catarina, on May 31. On June 13, Cidade Negra announced the new singer: Alexandre Massau, from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, ex-singer of Berimbrown and Preto Massa. On July 29, the group made its debut in the Festival de Inverno of Santos Dumont/MG.
Tony Garrido returned to the band on 24 January 2011.
Cidade Negra is currently recording a new CD.