One of Brazil’s major Reggae-men, renowned in Bahia and worldwide for his original, global sound, this flamboyant performer guarantees a highly accessible show of roots-rock-reggae!
Alumínio is famous for his place at the forefront of the roots reggae movement in Bahia, the heart of Brazil’s music and rhythm, as well as for his songs and authenticity. As one of the region’s major Reggae-men, he brings to the stage an energetic show of original music for audiences from all over the world. Alumínio has brought musical joy to his people for 25 years, and today is a reference point for reggae music in Brazil. Likened in São Paulo to Gregory Isaac, Alumínio has had increasing success internationally at venues and festivals in Europe, filling England’s No.1 live music and reggae venue, Hootananny Brixton, during London 2012.
His latest CD, ‘EU SOU O BARRO’, (‘I am the earth’), introduces brand new songs such as ‘O Céu é Alto’ and recalls evergreen favourites; ‘S.O.S. Amazonia’ and ‘Eva’. The ‘rastaman’ brings messages of praise to Jah and to nature, with diverse rhythms from roots to dance, but always Nyambingh that pulses in the veins – this is genuine ROOTS ROCK REGGAE!
Alumínio, born in Riachão de Jacuípe, grew up among the samba & reggae drums of Salvador’s Pelourinho in Bahia, the heart of Brazil’s music and rhythm. Influenced by the hypnotic power of Afro-Brazilian and Nyambingh rhythms, he developed as musician and singer-song-writer, inspired by his life experiences and spiritual connection. He became renowned through his regular events and activism in the Rocinha of Pelourinho. For over seven years, he drew in thousands of people every month from all regions and backgrounds, attracting national and international media, generating collaboration between artists and transforming the ghetto into an internationally recognised cultural hub. A reggae ambassador for social justice, the Rastaman brings a universal message of respect, love and praise.
Likened in São Paulo to Gregory Isaac and Don Carlos, in 2007, Alumínio began his solo international career, and has since enjoyed increasingly recognised successes at venues and summer festivals across Britain, working alongside top musicians in the region. Recent Brazil highlights include Salvador Carnival, the world’s biggest street party, and studio CDs include Rocinha 22 de setembro and Reggae for All Tribes.
1992 – founder, drummer and percussionist of reggae band Bem Aventurados, performing in Salvador and various cities around North East Brazil.
1999 – leads Cultura em Movimento in the Rocinha of Pelourinho, formalising social and cultural activities and building a stage and cultural space.
2001 – launches own band Carruagem de Fogo (Chariot of Fire) as singer/songwriter, promoting regular Friday night events in the Rocinha of Pelourinho. Alumínio becomes renowned in Brazil’s reggae scenario and the Rocinha – the “Reggae Channel of Bahia”. Learn more – Rocinha Reggae Movement
2003 – releases first studio CD “Rocinha – 22 de setembro”, seeking “the future of the nation” and remembering the authorities’ attempts to massacre and evict this cultural movement. His song lyrics are quoted in the UN’s National Report on “Rights to Housing”, presented to Brazil’s president, Lula.
2004 – as an ambassador for social politics through reggae, Alumínio is elected as delegate for the 1st National Conference on Culture in Brasília, with song recital in the Planalto.
2007 – begins his solo international career, performing at venues and festivals in Britain and working alongside top musicians in the region.
2011 – releases his new CD “Reggae pra Todas as Tribos/ Reggae for All Tribes”. Recorded in Salvador, the Rastaman brings messages of respect, obedience, praise and love, including favourites and new songs. Alumínio Roots tours again in Britain, a success at summer festivals.
2012 – selected, as one of the best reggae bands, to perform at Salvador Carnival, the world’s biggest street party! Alumínio goes on tour in the UK once more, packing out Britain’s No.1 live music and reggae venue “Hootananny Brixton” during London 2012.
2014 – Alumínio releases his latest CD – ‘EU SOU O BARRO’ (“I am the earth”), with new songs such as ‘O Céu é Alto’, and evergreen favourites including ‘S.O.S. Amazônia’ and ‘Eva’.
2003 – Rocinha- 22 de Setembro – lyrics [pdf]
2009 – Reggae para Todas as Tribos / Reggae for All Tribes – lyrics [pdf]
2014 – Eu Sou o Barro – lyrics [pdf]
Musical Direction Allan Santos
Recording & Mix Luciano Almeida
Photos & Cover Marcus Carvalho
Lead vocals Alumínio
Drums Jorge Dubman
Bass Alan du Grave
Guitar Alex Pantera, Millan Gordilho
Keyboards Allan Santos
Vocals Ana Pereira, Julia da Silva, Allan Santos
Brass Val Souza, Jaquisson Amparo, Romério Santana
Percussion Marco Jones
Singer / composer / director, Nivaldo Ferreira da Silva (Alumínio), is the author of the lyrics and melodies of all songs here published. Previous authorisation is obligatory at all times.
© 2016 Aluminio Roots. Cultura em Movimento para Todas as Tribos