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Artist Biography

Everything you need to know in one spot.

  • Band/Affiliation: Os Mutantes
  • Country: Brazil

Born Ronaldo Poliseli Leme, in Campo Grande, a region in Brazil commonly known as Pantanal Mato-Grossense, Dinho Leme, as he is known today, began his career in the interior of São Paulo, in the city Rancharia with the band “Os Delfins”.  At fourteen years old he already played at parties until four in the morning in the interior of São Paulo and north of Paraná. Dinho Leme states that one drum stick was for hitting the cymbal and the other for the beetle that flew in front of the drums, “they looked like they were dressed in smoke, and danced better than the people in the room”.

Arriving in São Paulo in 1966, it did not take him long to be contracted as a drums professor at a music academy. In the same year he was called to take part in a new group, “Os Bruxos”, to accompany one of the most successful artists of the time, the singer Ronnie Von.

Already noticed for a style very unique for the time, the drummer Dinho Leme became familiar with the most creative occurrence of the time: Os Mutantes with Arnaldo Baptista, Sergio Dias and Rita Lee. Soon after, he became part of the Tropicalia Movement in which Caetano Velloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Jorge Benjor, and other well known Brazilian artists also participated.

A drummer with a unique touch and influenced by Ginger Baker (Cream) and Mitch Mitchel (Jimmy Hendrix), among others, came to be solicited by masters like Rogério Duprat to record different types of works in the late 60’s and early 70’s. In 1968 he was invited to play with Jorge Benjor (when he was known as Jorge Ben) which became the channel for closer contact with Sergio, Arnaldo and Rita. With an invitation from Guilherme Araújo, the one responsible for all the artists involved in the Tropicalia Movement, Dinho became the first call drummer for various Tropicalia events, playing with nearly all the artists of one of the most important movements in Brazilian art.

It was during one of these shows that Dinho Leme was invited to play with Os Mutantes, who were a trio that had already recorded their first album with the studio drummer Dirceu Baiano. From 1968 on, Dinho was part of all of their discs, including Arnaldo Baptista’s solo anthology Loki.

After thirty years of playing very little, Dinho Leme returned as part of a new formation of Os Mutantes with Arnaldo and Sergio to close the show of the Festival of the Tropicalia Movement in London at the Barbican Theater. Without the original members Rita Lee and Liminha (bass), Os Mutantes made their return at Barbican with an overwhelming reaction from London journalists and Rolling Stones commemorated the return as one of the 50 most creative rock bands in the world.

After three tours throughout the United States and Europe, Os Mutantes return now with a new sound, with the same innovative characteristics from 30 years ago and with a huge surprises for those who like good rock; Haih. The new disc will be released in the United States on the 8th of September through Anti Records.

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