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Kiko Rego

Presenting: Lusophone Beats

I believe in the holy trinity: Family-Music-Riding Waves. Music was always the most important art in my life. There are musicians in my family and music was/is always blasting in my home. I gave it a go a long time ago but I have about the same talent as a garbage bin (STOMP might be able to play good music if they beat me with a drumstick, but I can’t do it on my own).

How did you become involved?

I was naturally attracted to things I could do with music without the need to play an instrument or (God forbid!) sing. I used to be a selector doing reggae parties, so when Hugo shared this idea of a program dedicated to GOOD music from Portuguese speaking countries I was stoked! I love the concept of radio and I simply can’t understand why I haven’t tried to do it before.

If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?

This is harder than choosing a part of my body to leave behind, but let’s give it a try. By order of importance:

  • Burning Spear – Live in South Africa (2000)
  • The Abyssinians – Satta Massagana (1976)
  • Bob Marley – Survival (1979)
  • Israel Vibration – Same Song (1978)
  • Culture – Good Things (1989)
  • Peter Tosh – Live at the One Love Peace Concert (2000)
  • Don Carlos – 7 Days a Week (1998)
  • Horace Andy – Skylarking (1972)

I know, but just come and try to take the 3 extra albums from me…

What is the best thing about being involved with the station?

All of it really, but if I had to choose one thing I’d say the more I know the RTRFM family, the more I realize I take much more than I give! It’s a wonderful group of people doing a very crucial service to the community.

What is the strangest thing that has happened to you in the RTRFM studio?

They let me take the controls.

If you could present a show that is not your own, which show would it be? Why?

Easy. Jamdown Vershun. In the words of David Hinds: “A reggae music sends me in a fever/ My blood pressure high/ Yet I don’t want no doctor”

Oh crap! Now I have to smuggle another album to Mars…

What do you do in real life?

I’m a husband and father. I’m a bodyboarder. And I work for a very well-known company doing very interesting stuff.

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