Roberto Leal (singer)

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António Joaquim Fernandes (November 27, 1951 – September 15, 2019), known as Roberto Leal, was a Portuguese-Brazilian singer-songwriter. He sold more than 17 million albums, and received 30 golden records and 5 platinum records.[1] He was born in Macedo de Cavaleiros, Portugal.

In an opinion poll by Datafolha in Rio de Janeiro, asking what was the first famous Portuguese person people could think of, Leal came in first, with 15%, ahead of Pedro Álvares Cabral (9%) and Luís de Camões (4%).[2] Some of Leal best known songs are: "Bate o Pé", "Clareou", "O Vinho de Meu Amor", and "Marrabenta".

In 2007 and 2010, he released albums both in Portuguese and Mirandese languages.[3][4]

In January 2019, Leal revealed that he had skin cancer.[5] He died at the age of 67 on September 15, 2019 at a São Paulo hospital. The cause of death was kidney failure caused by skin cancer-related medicine.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Roberto Leal em mirandês Archived 2008-05-14 at the Wayback Machine, Jornal de Notícias, September 24, 2007. Accessed October 15, 2007. (in Portuguese)
  2. "Ninguém" é o português mais famoso no Brasil, Folha Online. Accessed October 15, 2007. (in Portuguese)
  3. "Roberto Leal - Canto Da Terra". Discogs.
  4. "Roberto Leal - Raíç Raíz/Virou Mania". Discogs.
  5. "Roberto Leal luta contra cancro e perde visão: "Sei que o amor vencerá toda a dor"". (in Portuguese). January 2, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  6. "Aos 67 anos, morre o cantor português Roberto Leal". O Globo (in Brazilian Portuguese). September 15, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.