The child of migrants from the North East of Brazil to the commercial hub of São Paulo, Kleber Gomes a.k.a. Criolo was born in the ‘Favela das Imbuias’, one of the many shanty towns that girdle this modern megacity. Beginning aged 11, rhyming Rap was his first love but now aged 36, Criolo’s expression has developed into a mature and nuanced instrument. The hard-hitting MC of the people remains, but added to this is the voice of a poet, singer and composer who reaches out to embrace Afrobeat as much as Samba, Reggae and Rap.

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