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Robertinho Silva

Drummer and percussionist from the Realengo district of Rio de Janeiro, Robertinho Silva taught himself to play and at 15 was already playing professionally in dances while studying the Gene Krupa method.
In 1969 he met Milton Nascimento, with whom he played for twenty-five years. He later performed with Impacto 8, a dance band organized by Raul de Souza.
In 1970 he joined the band Som Imaginário, along with Wagner Tiso, Luis Alves and others.
From 1974 to 1978 he lived in the United States, where he played with artists Wayne Shorter, Sarah Vaughan, George Duke, Moacyr Santos, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Egberto Gismonti, Ron Carter, among others.

In 1981 he released his first solo album as part of the MPBC series (Música Popular Brasileira Contemporânea) on Polygram Records, with guests Raul de Souza and Egberto Gismondi.
Three years later he recorded "Bateria," his second solo record. Robertinho would go on to make "Bodas de Prata," "Speak no Evil," and "Shot on Goal," released abroad. "Shot on Goal" is his last album released in Brazil, with the title "Perigo de Goal." In 2005 Robertinho recorded "Batucajé" and "Laska Mao".

In 1997 he created the Alternative Percussion Center in Rio de Janeiro, where he often offers drum and percussion workshops.

Robertinho has formed a group with his sons Ronaldo, Vanderlei, Pablo and Thiago Silva, who are also drummers and percussionists. "The Silvas" perform live throughout the world.

Most recently, Robertinho Silva has formed the all-female percussion group "As Levadas".

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