The following information could be helpful to better explain Mayuto Correa’s career.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to parents that had just become a middleclass by moving from a family own farm at Rio State to the big city, suburb of São Gonçalo . There, Simonides Correa, his father, became the administrator of the large farm, Porto Novo, which is a town, now.
Simonides was a men of many trades, easier to be described by saying that there were just a few things he didn’t know how to do. Living in the new farm, with 40 bedrooms, surroundings were as before, but Simonides invested his money and time in business like candy facture, produce market, restaurant, painting contracting company, surplus sales, just to name a few. After his wife died, he decided to help the poor people of the largest slum in the world, Favela da Rocinha, in Rio de Janeiro. He secured the family with Mayuto’s uncle, Maurilho, in São Gonçalo and went on to bring schools, light, water, police station, health post and church to Rocinha.
With no doubt, as for as Mayuto is concerned, Simonides is the best human that ever lived. His influence was total and yet, by living a life of peace with absolute kindness. His bible was always with him or at a few feet from him. Never cursed, never spanked, but he was a master disciplinarian with words.
Following such a man, Mayuto, though considering himself just a faint shadow of his father, became a multifaceted man. His percussion life started at 3, by banging on everything he could touch, to the point of being put on another room, away from the rest of the family. At 5, learned drama at a neighbor’s little theater; at 8, he was playing soccer for money at a local team, Zumirinha; at 11, performed in local schools and clubs as the character, Rusty Old Man; at 12, became percussionist for local big band, Rapazes da Alvorada; at 14, co-formed the group Samba Show, which became number 1 in Rio state, when he created several conga patterns that influenced other percussionists, such as Jorge Arena, Rubens Bassini, Laudir de Oliveira; at 16, Simonides introduced him (and his brother, Agnaldo) to the head coach of Flamengo, Brazil’s top club where he played for the under seventeen team and, concequently got in the Brazilian National team for the under seventeen.