- Published in: Voices of NY
Joel Stones, the owner of the East Village Brazilian music store Tropicalia in Furs, grew up listening to Tim Maia.
“Do you remember the first time you grabbed a baby bottle?” he asks rhetorically. “I can’t remember the first time I heard Tim Maia.”
That’s because back home in Stones’ native Brazil, Maia, who died onstage in 1998 at age 55, is a legendary figure, both for his pioneering music style — a Brazilian take on American soul, or Brazilian soul — and his personal adventures and excesses.