Rafael Pondé

Rafael Pondé

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Rafael Pondé is a Musician, Record producer and Music educator originally from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He promotes cultural understanding and combats racism through music. In 1996, he co founded the Diamba Band with which he played until 2002, opening for the major Reggae artists in the world. In 1999, he met and won the blessing of Waly Salomão, one of the greatest "Tropicalia" poets. This led to Rafael being placed in the hall of the greats "Novíssimos baianos.” in 1999 Rafael travelled to São Paulo to record the program "Música brasileira" in the studios of Trama, with João Marcelo Bôscoli, the son of the legendary Elis Regina. 
In 2005, he was invited to tour for 2 years with Natiruts, one of the biggest Brazilian Reggae bands.

In 2009 Rafael recorded in Germany the solo album "Sorriso de flor" with Hans Martin Buff.(Prince, Joss Stone, Maxi Priest). Rafael has been touring extensively in Europe, United States and Latin America. He has played in important music festivals as the Weltkulturfestival in Germany in 2010, among others.

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