Brazilian guitar player Horondino Jose da Silva, better known as "Dino Sete Cordas," or "Dino Seven Strings," for the instrument he pioneered, died Saturday (May 27) in Rio de Janeiro. He was 88.

Brazilian guitar player Horondino Jose da Silva, better known as "Dino Sete Cordas," or "Dino Seven Strings," for the instrument he pioneered, died Saturday (May 27) in Rio de Janeiro. He was 88.

Da Silva had been hospitalized for pneumonia, his family said.

He was a member of the Golden Epoch group that in the 1960s won national acclaim for its interpretations of "choro," a melancholy musical style that became a staple of Brazilian popular music.

He performed on the radio with samba singer and actor Carmen Miranda and composed songs with musicians including Elis Regina, Clara Nunes, Noel Rosa and Pixinguinha.

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