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Valtinho brings Brazil Bossa Nova to Okinawa

By: David Knickerbocker

Date Posted: 2001-07-21

Brazil Bossa Nova musician Valtinho will be staying on Okinawa for 3 months to share his sound though daily performances at O-Piexe. One of Brazil’s most gifted guitarists, Valtinho is the leading guitarist in his team in Brazil and was chosen to lead the participants of his team in the San Palo Carnival. He will be staying on Okinawa for three months but might extend if there is a good crowd turnout and acceptance of his musical style on Okinawa. “I like Okinawa because it is laid back, calm, peaceful, and I can relax,” he says, adding that he really enjoyed performing at this year’s Peaceful Love Rock Festival. “The crowd seemed to enjoy the performance. They were surprised and a little shocked at first but pleased in the end,” says Valtinho.

Valtinho has a clear, refreshing soulful sound with clean, mellow melodies and intricate flowing guitar arpeggios. His style is well defined and highly trained. He sings in a midrange voice and his songs are emotional and sung with passion. A professional musician of eight years, he has been doing his own style of music for the past six years. According to Valtinho, he has been influenced by traditional Samba and Bosa Nova musicians and by American R&B groups Boys to Men and Babyface. He also listened to a lot of DJAVAN, a Brazilian pop music artist, and Tom Jobim. Mixing the styles of R&B, Samba, and Bossa Nova, Valtinho has been able to create a sound and a feel that is completely unique.

If you are interested in hearing Valtinho perform, he will be playing four sets every night except on Tuesdays. He will perform from 7:30pm to Midnight, and the door charge during his performances is $15 with one drink.

Valtinho’s performances will be held in O-Piexe, a small café located on BC Street close to Teruya Music Store. O-Piexe is a nice, mellow getaway where you and friends can listen to music and eat great traditional Brazilian food. Be sure to try their Brazilian rolled fritters, braised shark, stewed chicken with coconut milk, or one of their many other tasty meals. Also, try one of their traditional Brazilian drinks. Many of their drinks use Cachaca—sounds like ka-shya-sa—Brazilian rum made from sugarcane.

If you’re looking for something different, O-Peixe is a relaxing spot to eat a delicious Brazilian meal and relax with friends while listening to some of the finest sounds to come from Brazil. For more information, call O-Piexe at 929-3719.

Also, to the disappointment of O-Piexe management, someone has stolen their Brazilian flag from outside their venue. If you have taken it, please return it.

Valtinho Perfomances
Location: O-Piexe
Date: Everyday except Tuesday
Time: 7:30pm ・12:00am
Cost: $15 with one drink
Information: 098-929-3719

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