Luciano Alves, born in São Paulo in the city of Osasco, grew up in an environment surrounded by Brazilian music and acquired musical influences from his father, José Luiz, and his mother, Dagmar Alves, a Samba-Rock dancer. He entered the world of forró at the age of 12 and is now a self-taught musician, dj and researcher for forró pé-de-serra. He has accompanied numerous artists from Forró Pé-de-Serra, such as Ó do Forró, Rouxinol Paraibano, Diego Oliveira, Jorge do Rojão, Everton Coroné Trio, ForróBamba, ForródeKA, Bastião, Balanço Paulista and Trio Alvorada, Benício Guimarães, Fabiano Santana, Luizinho Calixto and others.
He performed in a few cities in Brazil such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, Espírito Santo, Santa Catarina and Minas Gerais and had the opportunity to step on the “old world” in 2013, accompanying Diego Oliveira on a tour in several countries, playing triangle.
He expanded his knowledge of forró in Europe when he decided to live and work with the world of music in London, where he enlivened the cold nights with a selected weekly discotheque and participated as a zabumbeiro in several concerts of various artists.
His location facilitated his mobility in Europe, having played as a dj and musician in several local forró projects: in Portugal, England, Belgium, Holland, Russia, Norway, Sweden, France, Germany, Italy and Ireland.
He began to play and interact in the forró pé de serra scene in 1997, when he began his research on traditional forró, its discography, rhythms and its peculiar forms of dance. Since then, he has performed as a DJ in the main forró houses and in big houses of spectacle and SESCs, in São Paulo – SP, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Belo Horizonte – MG and Itaúnas – ES.
Supports and encourages the expansion of the forró to the world: He played in the main festivals of Forró in Europe and nightclubs, in forró nights, passing through Portugal, Spain, France, England, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and Italy. He collects, searches, restores, scans and remasters forró vinyl records. He organises, together with several other collectors groups since 2007, the site Forró en vinil, a site that encourages, rescues and makes available the best of forró pé-de-serra, through forró discography, from the 1950s to the present day, starting from vinyl records to CDs and DVDs.
Most of the collection consists of discs that are not cataloged. In addition he also offers a 24 hour on line radio, specialized in the theme. He lectured abroad on the history of forró, its main artists and their development from the 1940s to the present day.
Participated in round tables at the State University of Paraíba, SESCs and CTN (in São Paulo – SP) in which the theme was Forró and digital media. In 2017, he wrote, in a partnership with the musician and researcher Sandrinho Dupan, from Campina Grande – PB, the booklet: “What is Forró?”, Editora Latus, with the support of UEPB, State University of Paraíba, and spread the basic information about forró, talking about history, music, dance and its main artists. He has worked as a producer in several concert halls, having produced about 600 musical shows from 1997 until today.
Since 2002 he has organized the “Rootstock Festival”, which annually brings together the best traditional forró trios of the day. Already having received great names of the northeastern music like: Elba Ramalho, Genival Lacerda, Flávio José, Os 3 do Nordeste and Trio Nordestino, among others.
He has produced 05 CDs, 06 DVDs and participated in production of other 10CDs, between 1998 until today. Participated as Coordinator of the organization of the “Human Rights Festival 2013”, an event promoted by the Municipal Department of Human Rights and Citizenship of the city of São Paulo-SP. The Festival lasted 09 days in December and gathered at its closing event, about 65 thousand people for a great show in Ibirapuera Park, with contributions by Caetano Veloso, Tom Zé and Emicida, among others.
Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Sampa was influenced in his early childhood by different music styles that rocked the dancefloors in the late eighties. Later on, he would rock those dancefloors himself as a DJ playing rhythms like Samba, Samba-Rock, Rap, Funk & Soul of the early nineties. He first came into contact with Forró in 1997/98, when he frequented São Paulo’s Remelexo club together with his Capoeira group.
He moved to Switzerland in 1999 and soon established his reputation in the Latin music scene as DJ Sampa. Studying traditional Forró since 2014, he joined the group Forró Vem Vem in 2015, where he works as a cultural producer and DJs weekly at the “Forró da Quarta“ and monthly at the „Forró Vinyl“ projects. With an impressive vinyl collection on hand, he combines the experience of a professional DJ with his fervent passion for Forró and has been considerably influenced and assisted by renowned DJs like Swingueiro, Ivan and Xeleléu, who transmitted a lot of their knowledge, experience and musical archives to him.
Since 2015, DJ Sampa has repeatedly amazed the forrozeiro crowds in various cities all over Switzerland and Europe, such as Milan, Munich, Freiburg, Paris or Lisbon.
Rafael Baere is involved with the Forró music since 1998. Like pretty much everyone in his generation, he has gotten in touch with it through Falamansa and Rastapé, two famous bands who helped promoting Forró among students and young people in the southeast of Brazil.
It was through these bands that he went after the origins, looking for the very source of the Forró music and culture. There he found the classics Luiz Gonzaga, Jackson do Pandeiro, João do Vale, Marinês and many others. Falling in love with the classical Forró never made him forgot who presented him this genre and be grateful for that.
Being a DJ means to him to show this kaleidoscope that Forró is, with many different ways of playing and presenting the music. He loves playing the classics, using the instrumental ones and the generation that built the bridge to connect Forró with the new generation.
Attentive to the dance floor and to the dancers, he tries to flow and play with the people, presenting all the generations with the best each one can offer and making people dance and live special moments on the dance floor.