With his falsetto vocals set to the melodic strums of a guitar, Tupahn (born Ronaldo Tupahn Cameiro Da Silva) has successfully fused the Afro-Brazilian music of his birthplace and the R&B and Motown-influenced pop music of his adopted home in the United States. While www.ottawafringe.com described him as "a dynamic performer with a stage presence that reflects his native topical sensuality," the Edmonton Festival Report called him a "a pelvic thrusting CD vending machine." The son of a Brazilian government official, Tupahn grew up in New York. Forsaking the political career of his father, he studied guitar and vocals as a teen. Honing his craft as a street musician, he performed regularly on Fifth Avenue and in Central Park. The parks commission's attempts to prevent him from performing attracted such media attention that Brazilian pianist/vocalist Tania Maria invited him to perform with her at the jazz club the Village Gate. Favorable reaction to his music resulted in him becoming a highly demanded writer, performer, and arranger for recording sessions. He played guitar and sang on Canadian hip-hop artist Snow's debut platinum album, Hey Pretty Love. Tupahn has enjoyed considerable popularity in Asia. His debut album, Foreshadows, was released in 1995 by Japanese record label Pioneer LDC. The first single from the album, "Better Late Than Never," rose to the top slot on the Japanese radio airplay charts. The album reached the number 27 slot in Billboard's world music charts.
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