The Nineties

The 1990s was set apart by an impressive volume of work and many health problems, but even so, Tim released nine albums in only seven years and won over a new generation of fans.

Besides popular acclaim, Tim Maia was also the most well-received artist by the critics during this period, winning five times the now Brazilian Music Award (the former Sharp Award) on 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1997.

Seroma: The Cry of Independence

After several problems with the recording companies, Tim Maia decided to take total control of his career. He went back to the idea of Seroma and directed his energies towards Vitória Régia Discos, through which he began releasing his albums.

Full Steam Ahead

During this period, several big names from Brazilian pop music like Titãs, Marisa Monte and Paralamas do Sucesso recorded his songs. Tim returned the favor and recorded “Como Uma Onda”, by Lulu Santos and Nelson Motta, which was the sound track of a very popular TV commercial and became a huge hit.

IIn 1992, his longtime friend Jorge Ben Jor was at the height of his popularity and immortalized the nickname "Supervisor of Brazil" in the chorus of the great hit W/Brasil from 1992. The tribute lent even more impetus to Tim's career during the 1990s.

After achieving his independence with Seroma and Vitória Régia, Tim Maia increased his productivity and entered the most prolific and versatile phase of his career. He actually recorded several albums in a single year in different styles like bossa nova, funk, soul, romantic ballads, American standards and anthems from the great Rio soccer clubs.

A Stool and a Guitar

Like many of his generation, Tim Maia also suffered a great impact when João Gilberto released the mythical album “Chega de Saudade”.

ABut it was only in 1990 that he returned to his Rio roots and released the beautiful album "Tim Maia Interpreta Clássicos da Bosa Nova", totally acclaimed by the audience and the critics. In 1997 he did it again with “Amigos do Rei – Tim Maia e os Cariocas".


In 1998, during a concert at the Municipal Theater of Niterói, he fell ill and had to be rushed from stage on an ambulance. After cardiovascular complications, he was admitted to the hospital for a week, dying on March 15th of septicemia.

Many years after his death, Tim Maia continues to be a phenomenon of popularity. His name is searched two hundred thousand times every year on Google and his music remains alive as the sound track to parties, dreams and passions of millions of fans spread all around the world..