Alcione Dias Nazareth (born November 21, 1947) is also known as, “Alcione”, and “A Marrom” (English: “the brown one”) and is one of the most successful female samba singers, or sambistas, in Brazil. She first gained international recognition in the late 1970 and has had nineteen gold records, as well as five platinum and a double platinum records
In 1972, when back in Brazil, Alcione recorded her first single. The following year, she traveled to sing in Mexico and, in 1974, Portugal, where she recorded her first full-length album. In 1975, Alcione released her LP, A Voz do Samba, which achieved gold sales status and featured several hit tracks. The most successful songs were “Não Deixe o Samba Morrer”, written by Edson and Aloiso, and “O Surdo”, written by Totonho and Paulinho Resende.
In the late 1970s, Alcione became well known as a samba artist and achieved international recognition. She recorded Alerta Geral for Philips Records and, in 1978, released this album—the title of which was taken from a television show that Alcione had hosted on TV Globo for two years. Following its success, Alcione continued to release several other full-length albums in late 1970s and early 1980s, including her self-titled album.
In 1997, Alcione signed with Universal Records, subsequently releasing a debut album titled, Valeu, through Polygram the next year. This was followed by Celebração that same year, and Claridade—Uma Homenagem A Clara Nunes in 1999. In December 2002, Alcione was recognized for playing an important part in founding the Paraíso School of Samba in London, England. She also helped organize and prepare the stage for a British version of the Carnival Brasil, Paraíso dos Orixás (Brazil, Paradise of the Orishas). Her 2002 album, Ao Vivo, received the Best Samba/Pagode Album Award at the fourth Latin Grammy Award ceremony in 2003.