Best known for his composition of the bossa nova classic “Manha de carnaval,” for the film Black Orpheus,Luiz Bonfá was among the  mainstays of the genre that predated bossa nova.

Born in 1922 in Rio Luiz began  teaching himself guitar before attending formal classes for which, thanks to his extraordinary talent, he did not have to pay for.He first gained recognition in the 1940s thanks to Brazilian radio station Radio Nacional  and his work with the vocal group Quitandinha Serenaders.  Through his compositions , burgeoning reputation and with help from composer Dick Farney he went on to be introduced to Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim. Luiz was a major proponent of the the samba-cancao style which was the precursor to Bossa Nova.

Luiz Bonfá worked with musicians such as Quincy Jones , George Benson, Stan Getz, and Frank Sinatra, recording several albums.

Bonfá died in Rio de Janeiro in 2001 at the age of 78.

1955 Luiz Bonfá (Uma Prece)( Continenta)

1959 Amor!: The Fabulous Guitar of Luiz Bonfa(Collectables)

1959 Black Orpheus [Original Soundtrack](Fontana Distributors)

1962 Brazil’s King of the Bossa Nova and Guitar(Philips )

1962 O Violão e o Samba(EMI Music Distributors)

1963 Composer of Black Orpheus Plays and Sings Bossa Nova(Polygram)

1963 Jazz Samba Encore!(Verve)

1963 Le Roi de la Bossa Nova(Sunnyside)

1965 Braziliana(Philips / Universal)

1965 The Brazilian Scene (Verve)

1966 Gentle Rain(Universal Distributors)

1968 Black Orpheus Impressions 1968 Bonfa(DOT Records)

1970 The New Face of Bonfá(RCA)

1971 Sanctuary 1972 Introspection(RCA)

1973 Jacarandá(Orchard)

1974 Todo o Nada(Vaiven)

1978 Bonfa Burrows Brazil(Orchard )

1988 Manhattan Strut(Paddle Wheel)

1989 Non-Stop to Brazil(Chesky)

 1992 The Bonfá Magic(Milestone Records)

1996 Garoto Genios Do Violao(EMI Music Distributors)