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Bosco de Oliveira
Background information
Born Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Date 1952
Occupation Percussion musician
Associated acts Milton Nascimento
McCoy Tyner
Pascal Meirelles

Bosco de Oliveira (born 1952, Belo Horizonte, Brazil) is a Brazilian percussion musician, whose work has included performing on Duran Duran's Wedding Album.


Bosco was born in Belo Horiznte, a city in Brazil north west of Rio, who was influenced by Brazilian popular music, Samba, Brazilian "western" music, rock 'n' roll and the Bossa Nova. The music that hooked Bosco was the fashionable folkloric from the north east of Brazil. He moved to the UK in 1978, having already been working as a musician in Africa and Spain.

In 1984 Bosco started the London School of Samba with South African Alan Hayman, and was the first official member. Other Samba schools have now opened such as Quilombo do Samba and Paraiso.

Bosco has toured and recorded with many artists including Milton Nascimento, McCoy Tyner, Victor Bailey, Loose Tubes, Sade, Terry Callier, Madness, Kate Bush, June Tabor, Charlie Palmiera, Paulo Moura, Toninho Horta, Airto Moreira and Duran Duran, with contributions to The Wedding Album in 1993.

He has performed many times at major international jazz festivals (Nice, Vienna, Montreux, North Sea, Montreux-Detroit), as well as at Glastonbury, Reading, Womad and festivals and major venues across the world - from the U.S. to Japan, Australia and South America. As a freelance musician Bosco is also involved with playing Brazilian music with his band Araktuba. The band plays a variety of styles from Samba to folk with lot of input from jazz as well, and has performed at many festivals in Brazil with Dom Um Romao and Airto Moreira. In the UK the band has played the Rhythm Sticks, which is the annual world music festival at London's South Bank. Bosco wrote "Riva" as a tribute to the great Brazilian percussionists, such as Milton Nascimento and Pascal Meirelles, who both grew with him in his neighourhood called Gameleira. These musicians were great friends and an inspiration to Bosco and would rehearse in his house.