Marlui Miranda's family always played music for pleasure. His mother, having never studied or played guitar, was the one who first tuned the instrument Marlui had won. At this time the family still lived in Fortaleza, where Marlui was born in 1949. When he was five years, moved to Rio de Janeiro, from where his father, an engineer, decided to face the challenge of helping to build Brasilia. It was 1959.