Nara Leão

Real Name:
Nara Lofego Leão
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Nara Lofego Leão (born January 19, 1942 in Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil; died June 7, 1989) was a Brazilian bossa nova and MPB (popular Brazilian music) singer and occasional actress. Her husband was Carlos Diegues, director and writer of Bye Bye Brasil.

When she was twelve, her father gave her a guitar since he was worried about her being shy. Popular musician and composer Patricio Teixeira and classical guitarist Solon Ayala were her teachers. While still a teenager, she met a number of singers and composers who took part of Bossa Nova's musical revolution, in late '50s and early '60s, including Roberto Menescal, Carlos Lyra, Ronaldo Bôscoli, João Gilberto, Vinicius de Moraes and Antônio Carlos Jobim.

By 1963, after singing as an amateur for a few years, she became a professional and toured with Sérgio Mendes.
In the mid-1960s, the institution of military dictatorship in Brazil led her to sing increasingly political lyrics. Her show Opinião reflected her political beliefs and she had largely switched to political music by this point.

In 1964, she even spoke against bossa nova as a movement, calling it "alienating". In 1968, she appeared on the album Tropicália: ou Panis et Circenses, performing "Lindonéia."
She later left Brazil for Paris and in the 1970s abandoned music to focus on her family. She returned to music later and when she discovered, in 1979, that she had an inoperable brain tumor she increased her productivity as much as possible. She died in 1989.

She was known as "the muse of bossa nova."
Nara's sister is Danuza Leão, a former model and socialite who's a newspaper columnist and occasional TV commentator. Danuza was married to Brazilian journalist Samuel Wainer.
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P 632.732 L Opinião De Nara — Nara Leão Nara* Opinião De Nara (Album) Philips P 632.732 L Brazil 1964 Sell This Version
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EL-10 Nara — Nara Leão Nara* Nara (Album) Elenco EL-10 Chile 1964 Sell This Version
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P 632.769 L, P 632 769 L 5 Na Bossa — Nara Leão Nara Leão - Edu Lobo - Tamba Trio Nara Leão - Edu Lobo - Tamba Trio - 5 Na Bossa (Album) Philips, Philips P 632.769 L, P 632 769 L Brazil 1965 Sell This Version
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P 632.748 L O Canto Livre De Nara — Nara Leão Nara Leão O Canto Livre De Nara (Album) Philips P 632.748 L Brazil 1965 Sell This Version
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P 632 775 L Show Opinião — Nara Leão Nara*, Zé Keti, João Do Vale, Grupo Opinião Nara*, Zé Keti, João Do Vale, Grupo Opinião - Show Opinião (Album) Philips P 632 775 L Brazil 1965 Sell This Version
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82139 PL, 82139-PL Manhã De Liberdade — Nara Leão Nara* Manhã De Liberdade (Album) Philips 82139 PL, 82139-PL Argentina 1966 Sell This Version
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FM 12 Liberdade, Liberdade — Nara Leão Nara Leão, Paulo Autran, Tereza Rachel, Oduvaldo Vianna Filho* Nara Leão, Paulo Autran, Tereza Rachel, Oduvaldo Vianna Filho* - Liberdade, Liberdade (Album) Forma (2) FM 12 Brazil 1966 Sell This Version
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P 632.787 L Nara Pede Passagem — Nara Leão Nara* Nara Pede Passagem (Album) Philips P 632.787 L Brazil 1966 Sell This Version
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06003 CDE Vento De Maio — Nara Leão Nara Leão Vento De Maio (Album) Philips, Philips 06003 CDE Netherlands 1967 Sell This Version
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R 765.023 L Nara — Nara Leão Nara Leão Nara (Album) Philips R 765.023 L Brazil 1967 Sell This Version
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R 765.051 L Nara Leão — Nara Leão Nara Leão Nara Leão (Album) Philips R 765.051 L Brazil 1968 Sell This Version
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R 765.079 L Coisas Do Mundo — Nara Leão Nara Leão Coisas Do Mundo (Album) Philips R 765.079 L Brazil 1969 Sell This Version
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44.059 Dez Anos Depois — Nara Leão Nara Leão Dez Anos Depois (Album) Polydor 44.059 Brazil 1970 Sell This Version
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6349 038 Quando O Carnaval Chegar (Trilha Original Do Filme) — Nara Leão Chico Buarque / Maria Bethânia / Nara Leão Chico Buarque / Maria Bethânia / Nara Leão - Quando O Carnaval Chegar (Trilha Original Do Filme) (Comp, Album) Philips 6349 038 Brazil 1972 Sell This Version
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7128 123 Meu Primeiro Amor — Nara Leão Nara Leão Meu Primeiro Amor (Album) Philips 7128 123 Brazil 1975 Sell This Version
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7128.226 Os Meus Amigos São Um Barato — Nara Leão Nara Leão Os Meus Amigos São Um Barato (Album) Philips, Philips 7128.226 Brazil 1977 Sell This Version
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6349 396 ...E Que Tudo Mais Vá Pro Inferno — Nara Leão Nara Leão ...E Que Tudo Mais Vá Pro Inferno (Album) Philips 6349 396 Brazil 1978 Sell This Version
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7128.319 Com Açúcar Com Afeto — Nara Leão Nara Leão Com Açúcar Com Afeto (Album) Philips 7128.319 Brazil 1980 Sell This Version
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6328.316 Romance Popular — Nara Leão Nara Leão Romance Popular (Album) Philips 6328.316 Brazil 1981 Sell This Version
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6328475, 6328 475 Nasci Para Bailar — Nara Leão Nara* Nasci Para Bailar (Album) Philips, Philips 6328475, 6328 475 Brazil 1982 Sell This Version
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THMB-026 O Rapto Das Cebolinhas — Nara Leão Nara Leão O Rapto Das Cebolinhas(7", MiniAlbum) Abril Cultural, Polygram THMB-026 Brazil 1982 Sell This Version
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814 081-44 Meu Samba Encabulado — Nara Leão Nara Leão Meu Samba Encabulado (Album) Philips 814 081-44 Brazil 1983 Sell This Version
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822.3171 Abraços E Beijinhos E Carinhos Sem Ter Fim... — Nara Leão Nara Leão Abraços E Beijinhos E Carinhos Sem Ter Fim... (Album) Philips 822.3171 Brazil 1984 Sell This Version
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826 348-2 Garota De Ipanema — Nara Leão Nara Leão Garota De Ipanema (Album) Philips 826 348-2 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
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824 414-1 Um Cantinho, Um Violão — Nara Leão Nara* & Menescal* Nara* & Menescal* - Um Cantinho, Um Violão (Album) Philips 824 414-1 Brazil 1985 Sell This Version