Cidade Negra
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Cidade Negra
Cidade Negra
Background information
Origin Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Genres Reggae
Website Official Website
Members Toni Garrido
Bino Farias
Ras Bernardo
Alexandre Massau
Da Gama

Cidade Negra (Portuguese: Black City) is a Brazilian reggae band formed in 1986 in Rio de Janeiro. Their style is influenced by soul and rock music. Common themes of Cidade Negra songs include love and social issues.


The band reached success in 1991, with the album Lute pra Viver (Fight to Live), including the radio hit "Falar a Verdade". Ras Bernardo was the first vocalist.

Garrido at the time was the vocalist of Banda Bel. He entered in Cidade Negra after their second album, in 1993.

Formed in Baixada Fluminense, the band has placed hits in soap operas, like the frustrated remake of Irmos Coragem, broadcast in Rede Globo in 1995.

In 2002, Cidade Negra recorded their first acoustic record, on MTV Brasil. The Acstico MTV (MTV Unplugged Cidade Negra contained another radio hit, "Girassol". In this year, Garrido was presenter of two editions of Globo-Endemol's reality show Fama with Ange;lica

In 2005, the group was nominated for Brazilian VMAs (VMB), for best video by viewers choice (Perto de Deus). They lost it to CPM 22's "Um Minuto para o Fim do Mundo". In 2006, celebrating twenty years of career, the group released the DVD Direct - Live.

In 2007 Sony BMG did not renew their contract with the band, who soon found EMI Music to launch its newest project then the CD and DVD: Entertainment - Live, recorded at the Teatro Popular - Niteri, on August 16, 2007, released by the band. In April 2008, Toni Garrido announced his exit from the Cidade Negra, after fourteen years on the road.

In June 2008, Garrido undertook his last concert in the Festa Estadual do Leite Presidente Getlio, Santa Catarina, on May 31. On June 13, Cidade Negra announced the new singer: Alexandre Massau, from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, ex-singer of Berimbrown and Preto Massa. On July 29, the group made its debut in the Festival de Inverno of Santos Dumont/MG.

Tony Garrido returned to the band on 24 January 2011.

Cidade Negra is currently recording a new CD.



  • Lute pra Viver (1991)
  • Negro no Poder (1992)
  • Sobre Todas as Foras (1994)
  • O Er (1996)
  • Quanto Mais Curtido Melhor (1998)
  • Hits & Dubs (1999)
  • Enquanto o Mundo Gira (2000)
  • Acstico MTV (2002)
  • Perto de Deus (2004)
  • Direto Ao Vivo (2006)
  • Diverso Ao Vivo (2007)
  • Perfil (2008)
  • Que Assim Seja (2010)

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