Seu Jorge

Jorge Mário da Silva, more commonly known by his stage name Seu Jorge (born June 8, 1970; Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsew ˈʒɔʁʒi]), is a Brazilian musical artist, songwriter, and actor. He is considered by many a renewer of Brazilian pop samba. Seu Jorge cites samba schools and American soul singer Stevie Wonder as major musical influences.[2] Jorge is also known for his film roles as Mané Galinha in the 2002 film City of God and as Pelé dos Santos in the 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. His musical work has received praise from many of his fellow musicians including Beck and David Bowie.

Seu Jorge
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Background information
Birth nameJorge Mário da Silva
Born (1970-06-08) June 8, 1970 (age 50)[1]
OriginBelford Roxo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
GenresMPB, samba, rock, soul, funk
Associated actsFarofa Carioca, David Bowie


Born Jorge Mário da Silva, he was raised in the city of Belford Roxo, near Rio de Janeiro. When he was 19, he became homeless and remained homeless for three years; nonetheless, his musical talent flourished when he was living in the streets and he became known in the favelas.

As a singer, Seu Jorge was part of the band Farofa Carioca, writing most of the songs of their 1998 debut album Moro no Brasil. In 2001 he released Samba Esporte Fino, a pop album influenced by musicians Jorge Ben Jor, Gilberto Gil, and Milton Nascimento. It was released outside Brazil under the name Carolina in 2003. His second album, the critically acclaimed Cru ("Raw"), was released in 2005. Seu Jorge also recorded the live duo album "Ana & Jorge" with Brazilian singer Ana Carolina, released in Brazil in 2005.

Seu Jorge has gained exposure through his work as an actor and soundtrack composer. He appeared in the critically acclaimed 2002 film City of God as Mané Galinha, directed by filmmaker Fernando Meirelles,[3] and then played Pelé dos Santos in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, for which he provided much of the soundtrack in the form of Portuguese language cover versions of David Bowie classics.[4] Bowie later went on to say about his cover album, The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions, that "had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs in Portuguese I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with."[5]

In June 2006, he performed at Bonnaroo music festival in Manchester, Tennessee[6] and at the Festival Sudoeste TMN in Portugal. He has also performed in 2006 at the Bluesfest in Ottawa, Ontario[7] and performed at the Harbourfront in Toronto, Ontario. Jorge's performances are known for their excitement as well as for getting the crowd moving. In January 2010 he performed with Thievery Corporation at the Austin City Limits,[8] which was later broadcast on PBS.

His album 'América Brasil' had a limited Brazilian release in 2007 under his label Cafuné Gravadora, distributed in the UK by Proper Music Distribution. In May 2010, Now-Again Records announced that Jorge's new album, Seu Jorge & Almaz, a collaboration with drummer Pupillo and guitarist Lucio Maia from Nação Zumbi and bassist and composer Antonio Pinto would be released in North America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand on July 27 and in Europe on September 14. The album has been described as "how powerful Brazilian soul music can be."[9]

In 2011, he collaborated with Beck on the Mario C. remix of "Tropicália" for the Red Hot Organization's most recent charitable album "Red Hot+Rio 2."[10] The album is a follow-up to the 1996 "Red Hot+Rio." Proceeds from the sales will be donated to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV and related health and social issues.

In 2012, he collaborated with American fashion designer Rachel Roy on a line of sportswear, footwear, jewelry and handbags.[11] The collaboration is part of Macy's new campaign spotlighting Brazil and its culture and is available exclusively at Macy's and on Rachel Roy's website.

On August 12, 2012, Seu Jorge performed in the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London during the Handover section of the ceremony which was an eight-minute segment that introduced Rio to the world. Jorge performed alongside Rio artists B Negão, and Marisa Monte and concluded with a surprise appearance by Pelé.

Seu Jorge appeared on rapper Talib Kweli's May, 2013 album, Prisoner of Conscious, on the song "Favela Love". On January 10, 2015, Seu Jorge appeared as a headline act as part of the Sydney Festival, playing a free, live show in The Domain with a capacity of up to 60,000 people.

He currently lives with his wife and children in Los Angeles.

In 2015, he was nominated for the 16th Latin Grammy Awards in the Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album category.[12]

On September 8, he performed after lighting the cauldron in the 2016 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.[13]

On May 30, 2017 Jorge performed "The Life Aquatic Tribute To David Bowie" at the Royal Albert Hall in London where Bowie was born and raised.

According to a DNA test, Seu Jorge is 85.1% African, 12.9% European and 2% Amerindian. He belongs to haplogroup R1b, suggesting that his paternal lineage probably derives from Western Europe.[14] In 2019 he received the IFFI Best Actor Award (Male) at the 50th International Film Festival of India.

Solo discographyEdit



  • MTV Apresenta Seu Jorge (2004)
  • Ana & Jorge: Ao Vivo with Ana Carolina (2005)
  • Seu Jorge – Live at Montreux (2006)
  • América Brasil Ao Vivo (2009)
  • músicas para churrasco ao vivo (2012)


  1. ^ "Seu Jorge". Music Millennium. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  2. ^ Garsd, Jasmine. "First Listen: Seu Jorge, 'Seu Jorge And Almaz'". NPR. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  3. ^ "PBS Arts : Examining the Career of Seu Jorge". Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  4. ^ "Seu Jorge Biography". June 8, 1970. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  5. ^ "Seu Jorge Biography". Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  6. ^ "Bonnaroo 2006 Lineup Announced". February 1, 2006. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  7. ^ "Ottawa BluesFest 2006 « jessicraft". July 25, 2006. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  8. ^ "Great Music. No Limits". Austin City Limits. Archived from the original on November 3, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  9. ^ Seu Jorge & Almaz (Sounds and Colours)
  10. ^ Saturday (June 11, 2011). "SKOA - [Listen] Beck and Seu Jorge "Tropicália (Mario C 2011 Remix)"". Some Kind of Awesome. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  11. ^ Wilson, Julee (May 24, 2012). "Rachel Roy, Brazilian Musician Seu Jorge, Launch New Macy's Clothing Collection". Huffington Post. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
  12. ^ "La lista completa de nominados a los Latin Grammy 2015". Infobae (in Spanish). September 23, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  13. ^ Wheelchair Jumps and Dancing With Robots at Paralympics Opening NBC, Sep 8 2016
  14. ^ "Seu Jorge: 'Se fosse 100% negro, lutaria por indenização' - 30/05/2007 - Ciência e Saúde - BBC". Retrieved March 28, 2020.

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