- function: percussionist, composer, educator
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Adriano Adewale was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For many years he was known as Adriano Pinto, a colonial name he received at birth. It was after he visited to Africa (Nigeria and Benin Republic) to discover his roots that he changed his name to Adriano Adewale Itauna, from the Yoruba-Nigeria and Tupi Guarani-Brazil respectively. He moved to London in 2000 and formed his first UK band Sambura, which released one album, Cru. Performing in various festivals and venues, Adriano was introduced to Antonio Forcione and soon became part of the Antonio Forcione Quartet who performs all over the world. Other great collaborators he has shared the stage with with include Seu Jorge, Modeste Hughes, Netsayi Chigwendere, Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Tcheka (Cape Verde) and Jools Holland. Venues he has performed at include: QEH, RFH, Barbican, Apollo, Usher Hall, Olimpia (Paris), Jazz Café, Ronnie Scotts, SAGE.
He established his own international ensemble, the Adriano Adewale Group, in 2007 with whom he released his debut album Sementes to critical acclaim. The group have been touring nationally since then.