This band is amazing and charismatic! I booked Rafael Ponde for our end of summer company picnic and I have received nothing but rave reviews! Rafael is very responsive and delivered on everything that I requested for the event. The band itself was very professional, humorous and courteous. I highly recommend them and will definitely use them for future events.
His explosive performances feature a hybrid of rhythms , ranging from different styles of global music mostly African influenced music. Originally from Salvador, in The state of Bahia, Brazil, he also promotes cultural understanding and combats racism through music. Early recognition began in 1999, when he participated in the Bahian Music Festival by University of Vitória da Conquista. Here he and The Curupira band won the blessing of Waly Salomão, one of the greatest "Tropicalia" poets.This led to Rafael being placed in the hall of the greats "novissimos baianos." Waly traveled with the young Rafael 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.
Rafael has toured the USA, Europe and Latin America, and played in The Weltkulture festival in Germany in 2010, among other important World festivals .In 2016, Rafael was elected as "Brazilian cultural ambassador" for the program "Partners of America" (Founded in 1964 by JFK) from the American department of State. After being coming to USA since 2014 with grants from Bahia government and Brazil´s federal government he is living now between Brazil and the city of Philadelphia. His workshops, concerts and speeches share Brazilian culture and focus on building cultural understanding and overcoming racism through music and the arts.
The Rafael Pondé Duo features Rafael Pondé and Rob Curto, an American vocalist and accordion player. Together, Rafael and Rob play a Jazz-fusion with rhythmic roots in Samba, Bossa Nova and Forro. Other songs feature Latin music from the Caribbean such as Reggae and Salsa. The Rafael Pondé Trio features Rafael, Rob Curto and adds the percussion of Dende Macedo.The trio gets the audience dancing on their feets!