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Toni Tornado


Mad About Records present the first reissue of the self-titled, legendary funk soul album from Toni Tornado, originally released in 1972. Son of a Guyanese father and a Brazilian mother, at 11 years old Toni ran away from home and ended up in Rio de Janeiro where he became a street kid and made a living selling peanuts and shining shoes. Toni began his artistic career in the '60s with the stage name Tony Checker, lip-synching and dancing on Hoje é Dia de Rock show of Jair Taumaturgo. Toni imitated singers like Chubby Checker and Little Richard. Even in the '60s, he traveled to the United States where he lived for five years in New York. In New York, Toni served as drug dealer and a pimp, to deceive the immigration department, pretending to be an employee of a car wash. While in New York, Toni met another Brazilian singer, Tim Maia. Back in Brazil in 1969, he worked in the group of Ed Lincoln and also sang at night with the pseudonym Johnny Bradfort - the owner of the club forced him to pretend to be a foreigner. In 1970, he adopted the name with he came to be known, "Toni Tornado". Influenced by James Brown, Toni was one of the artists who introduced soul music and funk to Brazilian music. Working-class black cariocas (residents of Rio) of Zona Norte began using the English phrases "Black Power", "Brother" and "Black Is Beautiful". They played African-American soul records at their bailes (dances) and incorporated the lyrics and sounds into their music. Maia, the godfather of música soul, spent five years in the United States. He came to know the sounds of black America intimately. When he returned to Brazil in 1964, Maia incorporated the soul and funk influences into his songs. By the 1970s, other Brazilian musicians, such as Toni Tornado, Banda Black Rio, Cassiano, Gerson King Combo, Jorge Ben Jor and Gilberto Gil began making soul records. This nova (new) music spoke to an experience - both universal and unique at the same time. The time period was known as "Black Rio". By the end of the '70s, funk and disco would take over where soul left off, but it was the latter that helped to shape a generation of artists around a universal black identity. Comes in authentic collector's '70s "paste-on" packaging; Edition of 500.