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World On Your Street: The Global Music Challenge
Bosco De Oliveira
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Musician: Bosco De Oliveira

Location: London

Instruments: Percussion / voice

Music: Brazilian / Pagode / Samba

HOW I CAME TO THIS MUSIC          WHERE I PLAY          A FAVOURITE SONG Click here for Hande Domac's storyClick here for Mosi Conde's storyClick here for Rachel McLeod's story

Listen  Watch (2'59) a pagode rehearsal of 'Malandro Agulha' sung by Bosco De Oliveira with Grupo Sambando. Bosco De Oliveira (voice, pandeiro), John Harborne (cavaquinho), Roberto Castlellarin (guitar), Barak Schmool (tantan) and Xavier Osmir (repique de mao).

Listen  Listen (5'55) to 'Riva' sung by Bosco De Oliveira and Liliana from the album, Brazilian Explosion, (Mr Bongo 1996).

  Listen (1'49) to Bosco De Oliveira talk about his music.

Where I Play:

I’ve always been a freelancer doing loads of different things. I do gigs with my band Arakatuba which plays Brazilian music. We play a variety of styles from Samba to folk with a lot of input from jazz as well. We’ve performed at big festivals in the continent with Brazilian drummers, Dom Um Romao and Airto Moreira while here in England we've played at Rhythm Sticks, the annual world music festival at London's South Bank. I also do gigs with King Salsa which is Afro-Cuban music, and Mr Hermano which is a Latin band from Brighton.

Occasionally I do some teaching at the Guildhall. Mainly I teach at Drumtech, a school for drummers in Acton, West London. I wrote the percussion course there. I do lots of workshops and one-offs in different places up and down the country. You have to keep your fingers in as many pies as possible otherwise you can’t make it!

Bosco De Oliveira When I’m in Rio, I love to play in small groups of 10 or 12 people especially at carnival. You go there at 4 or 5 o’clock in the afternoon around a corner near a bar where people are playing and singing. It goes on all night and you finish at 4 or 5 the next morning exhausted. Of course, you take breaks and turns and you have a drink. You go across to the sea and have a dive and dip and come back. It’s fantastic! I love that. I’d rather have that than almost anything really.

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