The musician Armando Gama dies at the age of 67

Armando Gama was the winner of the 1983 edition of the Festival da Canção, with the theme “Esta Balada Que Te Dou”.

The song “Esta Balada Que Te Dou” was released in 17 European countries and appears on the sales charts in Belgium. In Portugal, 80,000 records were sold, reaching the top of the charts. Valentina Torres, ex-wife of Armando Gama, Herman José and other names associated with Portuguese popular music have already taken to social media to react to the news of the musician’s death..

“Dear Armando Gama moved tonight to more heavenly stages. The memory of an impeccable colleague and dear friend remains,” Herman José wrote on Facebook.

Armando Gama was admitted to the Lisbon IPO.

the path in music

Armando António Capelo Diniz da Gama was born on April 1, 1954 in Luanda.

Armando Gama began to wake up early to music. In 1957, he was already playing the harmonica. In 1961 he studied accordion and, in 1968, he composed his first theme on guitar. He formed his first band, the Lovebirds, in 1970. He would also study piano and solfege at the Academia de Música de Luanda.

In 1971, he formed the duo Marinho & Gama, recording the first album with songs of his own: “Menino” and “Spanish Garden”..

In 1974, already in Lisbon, he came into contact with musicians of different genres, as well as record labels.

Armando Gama will form Tantra in 1976, together with Manuel Cardoso. Two years later, he joined the duo Sarabanda with Kris Köpke and signed with the PolyGram label. He recorded three singles and an LP and performed at the RTP da Canção Festival in 1980, with “Made in Portugal”.

In 1980, he produced names such as Dina, Mário Mata, Dino Meira, Doce, Trio Odemira or Nicolau Breyner.. Sings the theme from the cartoon series “Bana e Flapi” and the songs from “Sport Billy”.

Forms “Cânone” in 1981, with guitarist Zé Pino, bassist “Kaipas” and drummer “Xiquinho”.

He signed a contract with Rádio Triunfo in 1982, where he recorded the LP “Quase Tudo”, his first solo album.

In 1986, he signed with Editora Discosette and recorded two singles: “No teu Abraço” and “Adoro Chopin”.

In 1987, he began recording and performing with Valentina Torres. Records the first album of this duo, the Maxi Single “Mona Lisa”. They appear on several television programs. They recorded “Sonho de Natal”, in 1988, “Maria Linda”, in 1989, and, in 1991, “Menina grabs your boy”.

In 1992, Armando Gama competes for the XXX Festival RTP da Canção and is selected with the song “Se Eu Sonhar”.

In 1999, he began regular piano performances at Casino do Estoril, until July 2008. On May 13, 2006, he presented the show “Armando Gama, the 5th Beatle”. He records an experimental DVD at Teatro Sá da Bandeira, in Santarém.

As of April 2009, he started a connection to Palácio de Seteais, a hotel belonging to the Tivoli Hotels & Resorts group, playing piano at night.

“Amor mais que perfect” was the theme that Armando Gama defended in the semifinal of the Festival RTP da Canção 2009. It was excluded by internet voting.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’s reaction
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, meanwhile, published on the website of the Presidency of the Republic a message of “condolences to the family of the composer, musician and producer Armando Gama”.

“Born in Luanda, he came to Portugal in 1974, becoming a progressive rock figure with Tantra. He produced records by several Portuguese popular music artists and recorded, in duo or solo, some hits, of which we will especially remember “Esta Balada que te Dou”, a song he wrote and performed, and with which he won the Festival da Canção in 1983”, reads the president’s text.