Born Jorge Mário da Silva and raised in the Rio de Janeiro favelas, Seu Jorge gained his nickname - short for Senhor Jorge - when he joined the music group Farofa Carioca, but it wasn’t until he released his solo album in 2001 and played his breakthrough role as Mané Galinha (Knockout Ned) in City of God the following year that his career began to spiral. His new album, Almaz, marks a shift away from the modern take on samba for which he is best known. Released in the US later this month, it features a collection of covers of musicians he admires, from Michael Jackson to Kraftwerk.
Jorge is giving Wallpaper* readers an exclusive preview of one of the new album’s tracks. Check back soon to hear it here first.