The Existential Adventures of Iconoclastic Brazilian Musician Tim Maia: A Short Animated Film

Late last year, Luaka Bop Records released Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia, a retrospective album that includes 15 tracks recorded by Tim Maia, the greatest Brazilian singer of all time, according to Rolling Stone. Maia “was the Big Bang who completely changed the scene when he arrived [in Brazil] at the turn of the ’70s,” Nelson Motta told The New York Times last fall. “He took the black American thing and mixed it with Brazilian forms like samba, baião and xaxado, inaugurating a new direction in Brazilian pop that remains popular even today: that of urban black music.” As this short animated film makes clear, Maia also had an outsized personality and appetites that brought about his early demise, but not without first making him a legend. Below we have rare footage of Tim Maia performing live in 1971:

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