Singer Nini Remartinez, the pioneer name of radio in Portugal, died – Atualidade
“Nini Remartinez 1919-2021. We say goodbye to Nini Remartinez. A voice that marked music and radio in Portugal in the last century,” wrote Apoiarte – Casa do Artista, on its official Facebook and Instagram page.
“I wanted to be a dancer, but life reserved a path for her through music. With her sister, Fernanda, [Nini] formed the musical duo Irmãs Remartinez, which achieved enormous popularity during the 1940s and 1940s and 1950s. ‘Goodbye Hawaii’ was the song that marked the beginning of the success of these radio stars”, reads the message published by Apoiarte – Casa do Artista, on social networks.
From her name Maria Carolina Remartinez Quilez de Freitas França, Nini, born on February 10, 1919, was one of the first names on the radio in Portugal, one of the “radio singers”, having debuted at the age of 19, alongside the sister, Fernanda, with whom he formed the duo Irmãs Remartinez.
The premiere of the Portuguese “Duo de Ouro da Rádio”, as it became known, took place at the microphones of Rádio Peninsular, in 1938.
The two singers then went through Voz de Lisboa among other radio stations and magazines, until they arrived at the former National Broadcaster – current RTP / Radiodifusão Portuguesa -, of combined staff Nini Remartinez was part of, and where she ended up putting an end to her artistic career, choosing to for family life.
She remained, however, always linked to public radio, either as an employee at the disco or as a member of the Women’s Choir of the National Broadcaster, from its foundation to its extinction in the 1960s, when the album “Vozes de Raparigas” was published – Portuguese Girls Sing “, recorded with the Orquestra Ligiera da Emissora.
The Remartinez Sisters’ repertoire consisted of Portuguese, Argentine and North American themes.
They celebrated songs such as “O Fuso”, “Paducah”, “Loira e Morena”, “Vira, Viradinho” and “Saias”, signed by composers such as António de Castro and Eduardo Loureiro.
“Rabela do Douro” and “A Menina da Madragoa” are among Nini Remartinez’s solo hits.
As an actress, Nini Remartinez has appeared in films such as “Thief, Needed!” (1946), by Jorge Brum do Canto, and in the documentary “Milú, a Menina da Rádio” (2007), dedicated to the actress and singer with whom he came across and investigated.
At the age of 100, in 2019, Nini was honored in the television program “Inesquecível”, by Júlio Isidro, on RTP Memória, in which she played the waltz “Fascinação” by Fermo Dante Marchetti (1876-1940) on the piano. He closed the program with a song made famous by Frank Sinatra, a singer he liked a lot, as he said.
Nini Remartinez, in 2008, was awarded the Municipal Medal of Merit, gold degree, by the City of Lisbon.
In a publication by Casa do Artista dedicated to the singer and actress, the attention she paid to Facebook and the page she created there is highlighted.
“The internet opened my mind a lot”, said Nini Remartinez, assuring that the new technologies had “done a lot of people good”.
“Since 2005 he has lived in our Casa, where everyone has infected everyone with his tenderness, good disposition and a permanent desire to know and live”, declared the Casa do Artista today, which concludes the message with a message dedicated to the actress. is singer.
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