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The singer and songwriter Chico Flores publishes his newest single “Madame Satan“, in honor of the drag queen (at the time, transformist) born in Pernambuco and who migrated to Rio de Janeiro in the 1920s.

In addition to drag, Madame Satã (stage name of João Francisco dos Santos) was black and gay, pioneering activism in these agendas that we still have today, in addition to having a history of life suffered from coming from the interior of the northeast.

The single is part of Chico’s new album, “Tupi Negro“, which will be officially released on October 1st on all digital music platforms, including Spotify.


Born Emanuel Francisco Pereira da Silva, in Nova Floresta, Paraíba, he was raised up to the age of 15 in Jaçanã, in Rio Grande do Norte. From 15 to 26 he lived in João Pessoa, but it was when he arrived in the capital of Bahia 17 years ago, that he adopted the stage name Chico Flores and decided to settle down. A trained psychologist and university professor, Chico has always had an affinity for music and poetry, since childhood.

His father was a record collector and bohemian, so he grew up listening to “Novos Baianos”, “Nelson Gonçalves”, “Orlando Silva” and “Inezita Barroso”. At school he participated in a band, playing snare drum, a percussion instrument. Chico was also very interested and drank from sources such as Glauber Rocha’s new cinema, the Tropicália movement and the so-called MALDITOS DA MPB – Sérgio Sampaio, Jards Macalé and Itamar Assumpção.

Chico Flores releases single inspired by Madame Satan: drag, black and gay of 1920; listen

In 2001 he wrote and published his first book of poetry by the publisher of the Federal University of Paraíba, in the same year in which he was graduating in psychology. In 2004, when moving to Salvador, which Chico calls “Latin American Babylon”, he was already thinking about investing in his artistic side because he believes that the capital has a great pulsating scenario of cultural freedom.

4 years ago he started to insert melody in his poems and since then he has dedicated himself to music, in parallel to his work as a psychologist, psychotherapist and teacher. In 2018 he released his first album with 12 tracks, entitled, “Chico Flores – Spring Pirate“.

Photo: Jheylane Arruda


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