I love to create interesting and innovative stuff to do – like become a radio presenter and co-ordinator of Lusophone Beats. In Portugal, I was the guy in my circle of friends listening to the weird and alternative radio stations like XFM, Radar and Oxigénio. Born in the cosmopolitan Lisboa and raised in Amadora, the most African Portuguese city, early I got into touch with the highly contagious rhythmic sounds. Right now, I’m totally excited to be sharing with you awesome sounds like Mozambican marrabenta, Cape Verde morna, Brazilian samba, Angolan kuduro and much more.
How did you become involved?
After being a RTRFM listener for a couple of months, I saw one day the “submit a new program” info and, immediately, felt that it was the right time to share with Australian listeners my Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking countries) music passion. I applied with the Lusophone Beats show idea and got a phone call the next month!
If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?
- Norberto Lobo – Fala Mansa
- Cacique 97 – Cacique 97
- Cool Hipnoise – Nascer do Soul
- Melo D – Chega de Saudade
- Buraka Som Sistema – From Buraka to the World
What is the best thing about being involved with the station?
The feeling of community, the outstanding RTRFM listeners enthusiastic for innovative, interesting and inspiring sounds, being on a mission to play fringe and innovative music made in Lusophone countries!
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you in the RTRFM studio?
Nothing really strange happened so far, but I’m sure pretty soon I will have some interesting stories to tell.
If you could present a show that is not your own, which show would it be? Why?
Global Rhythm Pot and Saturday Jazz are just two of my faves, but I would like to try Black and Blues.
What do you do in real life?
I’m the dad of an energetic happy chap and a community development practitioner working with Indigenous Australians and Culturally and Linguistic Diverse Communities. In the meantime, I still find the time to write new radio programs proposals like Lusophone Beats where my alter ego can now play some cool music for RTRFM listeners!