In 2002, Jorge contributed to the critically acclaimed Red Hot + Riot, a compilation CD created by the Red Hot Organization in tribute to the music and work of Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti, that raised money for various charities devoted to raising AIDS awareness and fighting the disease. He collaborated with fellow hip-hop artists Late Prez, Talib Kweli, and Bilal to remake the famous song by Fela Kuti, “Suffering and Smiling,” for the CD.
Jorge Duilio Lima Menezes was born on 22 March, 1945 in Rio de Janeiro. He is popularly known originally as Jorge Ben and later as Jorge Ben Jor, he is a Brazilian musician. His characteristic style fuses samba, funk, rock and bossa nova with lyrics that blend humor and satire with often esoteric subject matter.
Lima first took the stage name Jorge Ben after his mother’s name (of Ethiopian origin) but in the 1980s changed it to Jorge Ben Jor (commonly written Benjor).
Some of his tracks include “Chove Chuva,” “Mas Que Nada,” “Ive Brussel,” “Balança Pena,” and many others, he has been interpreted by other professional artists such as Caetano Veloso, Sergio Mendes, Miriam Makeba, and Marisa Monte.
Ben In 1969, released his self-titled album amid the excitement of the cultural and musical Tropicália movement. The album featured Trio Mocotó as his backing band, who would go on to launch a successful career on the back of their association with Ben. The album was noted for “País Tropical” one of his most famous compositions, although it would be Wilson Simonal who would take his recording of the song to the top of the charts in Brazil that same year. Instead, the song “Charles, Anjo 45”, also from the self-titled album, would become Ben’s biggest self-performed chart hit of the year.