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Xavante. Photo: Isabela Kassow/Diadorim Ideias

Born in 1924, the multi-instrumentalist Antônio Cruz Faria, known as Xavante, is acclaimed as one of the professionals of the music scenery in Rio's Lowlands. Born in Varre-Sai, land of the late violinist and composer Baden Powell, the musician settled in Nova Iguaçu after traveling around the world doing shows. He played in bands, orchestras, dance halls and even at the extinct Rádio Nacional (National Radio).

Xavante has also been  the "godfather" of great singers like Emilio Santiago. His talent for music comes from the crib. "My father was a teacher and I had ten brothers, all musicians," he says. He regularly organizes lively musical jam sessions in his backyard where different genres are played. "Sometimes the musicians outnumber the audience" he jokes.

The renowned artist still has a lot of stamina to give a sample of his talent on the saxophone whenever he is asked to do so. In his collection of instruments, trumpets, basses, clarinets, drums and guitars are also found.

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