André Rio, who appeared earlier at Viva Brasil Festival with Elba Ramalho, will now be sharing the stage with Paulinho Leite. Born into a musical family his own singing career started early, at the age of nine. Only eight years later André Rio was already a festival favourite, headlining the Pernambuco Carnaval with Daniela Mercury in 1995. While he loves the frevo Pernambucano style, André Rio also sings forró and MPB (‘popular Brazilian music’). His DVD Pernambuco Sou, celebrating a 20-year career, had contributions from 140 artists. European tours of large festivals are now bringing him wider recognition and giving him the opportunity to share his music with a larger public.