Presentation

Composer of brazilian origin, Grafite comes from a family of artists. His father, Lapis (very famous composer in his country) passed his love of music on to him.

At the age of ten, Grafite composed his first song. Then, he played in some folk groups and also in groups of religious music in his region for some years.


Below : Maria de Rocio (actress) and Grafite                    Right : Lapis, his father

Influenced by samba and PBM (popular brazilian music), he worked in bars till he was 18, but he knew that he would find his way in his own compositions.

At the age of 18, Grafite was invited as musical director to accompany "Muheres de Athenas", the play of Augusto Boal. He composed for the theatre and at the same time he became more and more professional and played for television, for the radio and for the cinema.

Below : Grafite at 18

In 1984, after having played in the center-east, the north-east and in the south-east of Brazil, Grafite appeared in concert for the first time with his own songs. He concentrated on his own realizations and worked hard for 5 years in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Recife and Salvador de Bahia.

Paulo Leminsky, very famous brazilian poet, introduced Grafite to Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Moreas Moreira and to other celebrities and he became the most recognized composer in his country without making any disk.
Paulo Leminski
Luis Berthier and Grafite
Gilberto Gil, Grafite and his daughter
In 1989, Grafite and his folk group Meu Parana left Brazil for Europe.
They were invited in Belgium where they gave concerts for 15 days.
After that, the group went back to Brazil but Grafite traveled and played in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and France before coming back in Belgium.
Till 1998, Grafite's performances were typically brazilian. He didn't give up his work as composer : Grafite played with Donna Winner (Flanders) and Alicia (French-speaking part of Belgium), he made some arrangements for several groups and some of his songs were interpreted by belgian artists.

Grafite still goes on with his compositions and has just recorded a cd in the studios of RTBF for the programme "Le Monde est un Village" produced by Didier Melon. We had the opportunity to see him play at the "Tentation" in Brussels and in several cultural centers, he also took part in the Jazz Marathon or the Lucky Town. Some of his songs are recorded in his native country by local artists too.

Grafite's live recording in Brasil (2000)