Born in 1981, in the Bohemian district of Vila Isabel, in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro, André Sampaio became an artist of unique features and trajectory.
Since childhood living with the drums of the yards of their neighbors, the samba and the Maracana soccer stadium right there beside this cauldron of influences helped shape his strongest musical interests: the guitar and the berimbau emerged as their first instruments.
From eletric guitar in adolescence, Capoeira Angola and the instruments of the traditions of African origin, this universe where rhythm and strings were became the means by which André begins to express his art. When reach the age of 18, he begins to compose songs mainly in roots reggae style and with his brother and neighborhood friends founded the band Ponto de Equilibrio.
During the next 15 years would become the reference in the scenario of independent music and reggae in Brazil. With the Ponto de Equilibrio he recorded 4 albums (signing the musical production of the first album of the band) and one live DVD. He traveled throughout Brazil, Europe and Africa, conquering space for independent music in the country.
In parallel to his work with Ponto de Equilibrio, Andre participates in several groups and jobs that would define their artisic way over the years. Between collectives of African music, research groups and Nyabnghi Dub and instrumental music, the guitarist finds in art activist Fela Kuti and the traditions of the West African strings their great inspirations.
As part of the tradition of capoeira angola and Candomblé (religion of the Yoruba in Brazil), André becomes increasingly bridges between Brazilian and African traditions and musicality through the electric guitar and modern music based on the groove. As Ogan Alagbe in the respected Ile Omiojuaro, yard of Mae Beata de Iyemanja, and known angoleiro in Rio de Janeiro, its link with the african-Brazilian ancestry was made on a day-to-day, but he had yet to know Africa.
In 2009 he went for his first trip to the continent, for a cultural exchange of two months in Mozambique. He experienced the habits and culture of Machopi, the great players of Timbila (xilophone), playing and learning with teachers of this tradition (intangible heritage of humanity – UNESCO) and the artists of the new generation. Returning to Brazil conducts a series of workshops disseminating their research and experiences as well as articulates the coming of some of these artists to the country.
The original work of this new phase had a higher-than-expected in Africa, taking André to invest in recording his first solo EP, “Bumaye.” Accompanied by musicians who would form Os Afromandinga, the guitarist recorded the four tracks that make up the EP and went on a trip to the European summer of 2011, where he played at festivals and clubs through Berlin, Paris and Lisbon.
In January 2012 he realizes his dream: traveling to Mali and Burkina Faso for two months, learning, playing and recording with griots, great artists and idols in music as Vieux Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate, Manjul Souletie, Ticken Jah Fakouly, Sekou Diarra , Assaba Drame, Fatim Kouyate, Idrissa Soumaoro, Samba Diabate, Will Calhoun, Check Tidiane Seck among many others. The result of this incredible experiences were recorded in 3 new tracks and a lot of music that brought in his luggage. Returning to Brazil, is reunited with The Afromandinga and also with producer Buguinha Dub to transform all this history in his first solo album.
Already actively participating in the independent scene of Rio de Janeiro and travelling to other cities as Recife, Olinda and Salvador among others, André Sampaio launches first album “flowed” whose finalization was funded via the crowdfunding “Embolacha”.
Since then, he stopped no more: the track “O Que Fazer?” was released in the compilation “Rise of The Troubador Warriors – Tropical Grooves & Afrofunk Vol.3″ by the collective Paris DJs, France, one of the most important in Europe. Besides being the only track of a South American artist, the song also already being played on Afrobeat and Worldmusic programs in Europe and the USA, being “Desaguou” voted “album of the week” in Radio Mukambo program, in the Radio Groovalizacion (Spain / Belgium).
Recently the artist recorded with Bassekou Kouyate (Mali) in their two unreleased tracks. The tracks will be released soon, as well as the LP album “Desaguou”.
Other important collaborations with artists of West Africa has been happening, as the singer Hampate Gaye (clip “Echoes of Niafunké”) and the master of the Kora, Zal Sissokho, firmly establishing the connection between André Sampaio and African artists present in major festivals of world music today