Charismatic and scruffy, with a distinctively raspy yet boyish voice, Rogê (born Roger José Cury) gained an avid following for his swinging samba-funk, tinged with Brazilian Soul. His acclaim rose when he co wrote the theme song for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Rogê’s first American-made album, Curyman, was lavishly produced by the Budos Band’s Thomas Brenneck. The album explores themes of nature, the Indian and African roots of Brazil, and endurance in times of strife. Its release originally fell on the Festa de Iemanjá, an annual Brazilian holiday in honor of the goddess of the sea; like Rogê’s album, it’s an occasion of cleansing and rebirth.