Who was Tim Maia and why are we writing about him?
Despite being sort of “rediscovered” by lovers of stylish grooves allover the world in the latest years Tim Maia has always been a legend in Brazil since the groovy 70s in the country. Tim was part of the culturally tasteful generation that produced many of Brazil’s most famous musicians such as Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, and the band Os Mutantes.
After leaving his band “The Sputnikis” Tim Maia went to the United States where he got in contact with soul music and all the musical transformation taking the US by storm. He drank all the musical scene, stole a car, got caught smoking marijuana inside of it, was arrested and deported back to Brazil. The result: A cultural fusion between soul, funk, psychedelic music, american pop music of the day and Brazil’s rich popular musical culture orchestrated by a genius with a booming voice.
The album we suggest in this article – Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia – is a best of edited by the american label Luaka Bop in great appreciation of Tim’s work. The trippy details of psychedelia are all there but what comes out most is the soul and groove american influenced but also with lots of tropicalia. Try to imagine american soul music, then cut the gospel influence in the genre and add Brazil’s weather to it- there you have it: Tim Maia.
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