- function: musical producer - ampla's partner
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- WOMEX 2016
Percussionist and composer, Ruca has a 30 year career as a professional musician. Born in Angola,
soon moved to Brazil, then lived in Australia and is now living in between Portugal and the United
States of America.
He has multiple musical influences, resultant both from his personal life experience and the contact
he had with musicians from all over the planet. However, the strongest influences on his musicality
and compositions come from Africa Austral, Mediterranean countries, Brazil and Cuba. He recorded
and/or played with enormously talented artists such as Sadao Watanabe, Alejandro Sanz, Rão Kyao,
Madredeus, Teresa Salgueiro, Paulo de Carvalho, António Chainho, Melody Gardot, Ivan Linz,
Martinho da Vila, Fafá de Belém and Toquinho, among others. Member and founder of several bands
like Palmares, A Fúria do Acúçar, N'Goma Makamba and Couple Coffee, he performed all over the
world in the best theatres and stages of different world capitals. He is now preparing his solo Album
with original themes and partnerships with good friends, all of them extraordinary musicians.
Ruca is also one of the founders of Ampla Portugal where he is a Musical Producer and International Manager since October 2015.