In the 2016 carnival, Orlando paraded in the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro alongside with his daughter Antonia Morais representing the rest of the family, since Gloria Pires, due to health issues, could not parade on the day.
In April, Orlando Morais spoke about his personal career and his group in France, Rivière Noire, in an interview with RFI, an important radio station in France.
In May, the Orla Mundo Festival took place, with free concerts presented in some capitals in France and in Brazil: Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Goiânia and Brasilia. Some foreign artists made special appearances during the show, in addition to the presence of Orlando Morais singing his hits.
Orlando Morais started this year on the right foot: his group in Paris, Rivière Noire, received the French prize "Victoires de la musique" for best album at the worldwide music category. Upon returning to Brazil, Orlando celebrated a parade through Portela at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, alongside with his wife Gloria Pires and his family, displaying their joy in Sapucaí.
On October 30, Rivière Noire's new album was released in Germany. Soon after, Rivière Noire won a review in the German magazine Rhein Main, which only confirmed the success of the group in Europe.
After the new album was released, Rivière Noire started a tour in November, going through the following places in Europe: Meaux, Avignon, Paris, Tulle, Paimpol, Bruxelles and Anvers. In the same month, their songs became available on music platforms like Spotify and Deezer.
To close the 2015 year in a wonderful way, an article was published on Streetclip about Rivière Noire and its success.
In this year, Rivière Noire gets amazing reviews from one of the greatest music and cinema’s French magazine. The Rivière Noire – Londres Paris ft. Sylvie Harau music video is released.
The debut of “Orlando Morais e Rivière Noire – Ao Vivo na Margem do Lago Norte” DVD is on 2013, featuring Orlando, the French bass player Jean Lamoot and the Guadeloupean guitar player Pascal Danae. The Rivière Noire trio wants to fuse African, South American and European music. Along with musicians from Mali, a former French colony in Africa, the group recorded a new repertoire on a concert on the Lago Norte’s shore, in Brasilia, Brazil.
In this year, aired a new season of the TV show “Lá”. Among the many guests of the show, there are the songwriter Stefi Celma and the multi-instrumentalist Davy Sicard, both French; the Belgium guitar player Bert Ostyn; the Algerian Souad Massi; the Cuba-Born Cabo Verdean Mayra Andrade; and Africa’s Paco Sery and Lokua Kanza. The five-song EP “Lê murme de l’eau de Rivière Noire” debuts in 2012.
In this year, in Paris, Orlando recorded some songs with collaborations of non-Brazilian singers and songwriters, Pierre Barouh being one of them. It was then that “Lá” went from an idea to a TV show. Displaying many jam sessions and cultural interchanges, the 13-episode season of the show aired on Canal Brasil. Still in 2011, the “Sete Vidas” DVD debuted through Coleção Canal Brasil. The DVD is the result of a 1999 show in which Orlando homages his favorite composers.
Orlando returns to Brazil, but does not leave his international career aside and works on the completion of his latest work: “Lá”. Written by him in a collaboration with the French musician Manú Katche, “Silence” hits the radio, arousing the curiosity of the fans and the press due to the high quality of arrangements and production, besides featuring Sting and Peter Gabriel as guest stars.
Orlando continues to expand his international career, embarking on several projects with international musicians. This put him on the spotlights and got him in touch with other cultures, expanding his cultural and musical horizons.
Orlando is the first Brazilian artist to get a letter of invitation from the French government, meaning a long stay visa. The Competence and Talent Visa granted to the singer and songwriter comes after many French consulates around the world analyzed emeritus candidates. Orlando takes his family and moves to France to work on promoting his career overseas. All that effort is later rewarded with the success of “Où es-tu?”, featuring Patrick Bruel. The song reaches the number 1 spot on the French iTunes.
Orlando guest stars on three concerts of French idol Patrick Bruel. In amazing fashion, his international career takes off again. After singing in front of a 25 thousand people crowd, many European fans get hooked on him.
In 2006, a glorious career reaches its 15th year, and Orlando decides, for the first time in his life, to go to the carnival in Bahia, Brazil… And there are no disappointments! He plays in many parades, sings with the big names of Bahia’s carnival and makes a coverage of the festival for a local radio station, for which he interviews many celebrities. What a great way to kick off the year on the right foot!
The year begins with great news: the CROWLEY DO BRASIL, entity that measures the number of times an artist hits the radio, says Orlando Morais was #1 on the MPB category. “Vem não vem” is the top played song in Brazil, followed by “Lado a Lado” (#7) and “Um Amor Assim” (#43), endorsing the great success of the “Tudo Certo” EP.
The title of his new album seems to predict what the upcoming year would be like. As Brazilians would say, it went all right for Orlando, which is English for “tudo certo”. Many hits on the radio, packed up concerts and a great gift: the birth of the long-awaited Bento, his third child with Glória Pires. Hands down, 2004 was one of the happiest years in Orlando’s life.
In the first week of July, Orlando went to Paris for the opening concert of Gérard Darmon’s Au Milieu de la Nuit EP tour. The French singer recorded a version of “A Montanha e a Chuva”. Orlando was on the process of finishing “Tudo Certo”, an EP that would be released in September of that year. All 13 tracks were produced by Orlando Morais and recorded at his own studio, called Estúdio OM. “Tudo Certo” featured many special guests, such as Ramiro Mussotto, Dunga, Sacha Amback, Billy Brandão e Ricardo Leão, among others.
At the same year he hit the big 4-0, Orlando had many chances to showcase his music to his fans in Brazil. To illustrate, he opened at FICA, which stands for International Film Festival, in Goiás Velho; went on Rádio Sucesso FM concerts in Sao Paulo; had a gig at Circuito Lona Cultural in Rio de Janeiro; and was on Serginho Groissman’s “Altas Horas” on Rede Globo. On the second half of the year, Orlando was invited to go to the castle of Brazil’s magazine “Caras” in Brissac, France. Alongside Ricardo Leão, he performed in front of a VIP crowd filled with French politics and the Count of Brissac himself, his family and the owners of the castle. In that same year, Orlando got his first Golden Record for the “Na Paz” EP.
In June of 2001, “Na Paz” EP debuted with a live performance before fans at the radio station MPB FM’s studio, in Rio de Janeiro. Still in this year, Orlando and his friend Ricardo Leão went on a Brazilian tour sponsored by SESC/RJ. He also guest stared at TV CNT’s “Tons do Brasil”.
In the same year that his second daughter, Ana, was born, Orlando starts recording “Na Paz”, a collaboration work with his friend Ricardo Leão. The highlights of the 13-track disc are the song that gave the album its name and “Areia Firme”, a tune written by Orlando and his daughter-in-law, Cléo Pires.
His solo career kicked off with the album “Orlando Morais”. Some songs had collaborations of great MPB names, like Cazuza and Caetano Veloso, for instance. Success came quickly and brought an award under its winds. “Portuga”, featuring Cazuza, got The Best Pop-Rock Song Award at the Prêmio Sharp.
Orlando’s second album, “A Rota do Indivíduo”, was released. The song that gives the EP its name – a collaboration with Djavan – made Orlando a two-time nominated artist at the Prêmio Sharp.
In this year, another of Orlando’s dreams came true. In August, he watched the birth of his first daughter Antônia, a daughter for whom he wrote a song that would come out on his following album, “Ímpar”.
“Ímpar”, Orlando’s third album, came out and took off. Theme of the soap opera “Mulheres de Areia”, “Figura” became one the most requested songs on the radio. Orlando also won the Prêmio FM, an award given to top artist on the radio in Brazil.
Orlando wrote the themes for Rede Globo’s “Memorial de Maria Moura” miniseries, which was stared by his wife.
“O Que Vem a Ser Felicidade”, a track from Orlando’s fourth album, “Abismo Zen” and theme of “O Rei do Gado” (Brazilian soap opera), led to yet another nomination to Prêmio Sharp. In 1995, Orlando toured in Cuba, having success in Havana and Veradero.
Orlando finally got a chance to catch European fans’ eyes. Founder of the French world music label Totem Records, the producer Bruno Boulay bet on Orlando’s talent and released “Abismo Zen” in Paris. It was such a great success that it did not take long for Orlando to be invited to perform at the French radio station RFI’s Découverts 96. Not slowing it down one bit, Orlando went back to Brazil and performed at Hipódromo Up, in Rio de Janeiro. The fans loved it so much he had to sign a two-month deal with the club. Sold out tickets, crazy fans and full support of the critics could only mean one thing: a new MPB idol was born.
Orlando’s fifth album combined new versions of old songs and new songs with collaborations of great names of Brazilian music, such as Elza Soares in “Futebol”; Maria Bethânia in “A Montanha e a Chuva”; and Caetano Veloso in “Divinamente Nua, a Lua”. After releasing the album in France, Orlando had the chance to perform again at the 1997’s edition of Prix Découverts RFI. He got third place, which is huge for a not-French artist. To end the year in good terms, Orlando got an award in Brazil called Prêmio Qualidade Brasil. It’s a decoration granted to managers and important people who do a good job in their respective fields.
After a well-received “Agora” tour in Europe, Orlando was invited by American moviemaker Betty Kaplan (who directed “Of Love and Shadows”, stared by Antonio Banderas) to sign the soundtrack of “Doña Barbara”, an American-Hispanic production shot in Argentina and in the US. It was Orlando’s first experience in movies.
The will of honoring his favorite composers led to “Sete Vidas”, an EP released in 1999. Besides two new songs, the album was stacked with Orlando’s versions of hits from Lulu Santos, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Gonzaguinha, Cazuza and others.
After a short period in college, one of those invites to which is impossible to say “no” dispatched Orlando to Portugal for a concert at the luxurious Vermar Hotel. And so, two years of piano playing and new challenges passed by. To live off music had now become a reality to Orlando, who, after those two years, spent a couple more playing at the hot spots of Paris. Back to Brazil, he gathered with friends to put Cavalo de Tróia together, a band that allowed Orlando to show his talents as a singer and as a songwriter. In 1988, he met and fell in love with the actress Glória Pires. Proving that they were destined to be together, after only six months dating, they got married.
At the age 16, he packed his things and moved to Rio de Janeiro. Left Goiânia determined to get into Law School. But his artistic streak could not help itself, which meant that, later in his life, Orlando would study Performing Arts. Around that time, he entered a highly disputed contest at Conservatório de Música. The outcome? He got the first prize and a guitar.
On January 22 of 1962, Orlando de Morais Filho was born in Goiânia-GO. Son of a farmer and a plastic artist, Orlando Morais and his six siblings grew up in touch with nature. Surrounded by that environment, he could really develop his artistic skills.
At the age of 6, Orlando’s ability with the piano was remarkable both at school parties and at home. Around that time, his family took him to Brasilia so that he could have his first recital. It was a major success!
Riviére Noire – Ao Vivo na Margem do Largo Norte2013
Novo Millennium: Orlando Moraes2005
PLANÈTE BRÉSIL 22000
PROJETO NOVO CANTO1997
20 PREFERIDAS DO DIA DAS MÃES1997
20 PREFERIDAS DE ORLANDO MORAIS1992
A ROTA DO INDIVÍDUO1991
'Londres, Paris, Rio, Berlim, Bamako, África do Sul...'
BRINGING CULTURES TOGETHER THROUGH MUSIC.
Rivière Noire is a reunion story. It is the first Brazilian-Malian music. Both countries have similar styles that never lost sight of each other.
Rivière Noire is also an unexpected fusion, almost miraculous, between three exceptional artists: Orlando Morais, Pascal Danae and Jean Lamoot. They came together to fight for a common cause: the search of the long-lost Africa, a common ground for the trio. Orlando, Pascal and Jean met on a magical place: the legendary Salif Keita Moffou Studio, in Bamako, Mali.
Jean Lamoot has his roots in Africa, since he grew up all over the continent. He lived in Burundi, in Ivory Coast, in Burkina Faso and in Rwanda. He went to France as a teenager and became one of the most talented moviemakers of his generation. His two-continental culture and sensitivity allowed him to work with the France’s Noir Desir (“Des Visages des Figures”) and Alain Bashug (“L’imprudence” and “Fantasy Militaire”).
Orlando Morais’s Rivière Noire is a piece of Africa brought into Brazil. The singer has a vast career in Brazil, including nine albums with collaborations of great Brazilian artists, such as Caetano Veloso and Maria Bethânia.
Above all, Orlando Morais has an overwhelming and graceful voice, but powerful and warm at the same time. This album is a trip to the past born from the need to get in touch with the roots of his music.
As for Pascal Danae, he is a Guadeloupean native, a virtuous composer and guitar player and a globetrotter. He cast his spell in many artistic universes and worked with people like Morcheeba, Youssou N’Dour and ASA. He intends to express his African roots through Rivière Noire.
On the first time Orlando, Pascal and Jean got together on a studio, they barely spoke. Their musical chemistry spoke louder and instantly. Five songs were written and recorded within hours.
Mali’s music is like an explosion that needs to be heard and felt. Therefore, a few months later, they went to Bamako to record their first album at Mali Moffou’s Studio with collaborations from Kasse Mady and Bako Dagnon.
AN EXCEPTIONAL AND JUST FINISHED EP! RIVIÈRE NOIRE IS BORN.
'O MEU CORAÇÃO AGORA NÃO QUER MAIS, MAIS SABER DE NINGUÉM...'
TV show LÁ - Canal Brasil
Uma mistura de influências, ritmos e gêneros
Orlando Morais presents in Paris one more season of TV show "LÁ", from Canal Brasil. Orlando promotes musical encounters bringing to the public world sound references, bringing together musicians from different regions, a mixture of influences, rhythms and genres. The direction follows the position of Marcio Da Rocha.
After relaxed chats, the artists participating in jam sessions next to the host. The presentations reveal the multicultural sound found on the streets of the French capital. As the guests sing their compositions, Orlando sings Portuguese versions of the original lyrics. Among the respondents of the third season, stand out the jamaican Winston McAnuff; the Senegalese Faada Freddy; the cuban Ylian Cañizares; the nigerian Kiala and the swedish Anna Anka; beyond the rapper Lun1k, winner of the French version of the program The X Factor.