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|Birth name||Rafael Vieira Vilar|
|Born||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
‘Rafael Vieira Vilar' known by his stage name Raf Vilar, is a Brazilian singer and songwriter based in London. His debut album, "Studies in Bossa" was released in Europe in 2011.
Raf was born and raised at the slums in Rio de Janeiro and began studying music at the age of 13. After graduate in Journalism at age 22, he moved to London.
In 2011 Raf released his debut album Studies in Bossa with "Far Out Recording", the British label that brings to Europe the big names of Brazilian music. The album was on the World Music charts in Japan and has opened the door for big venues such as The Shrine Harlem in New York, "Somerset House" and "Ronnie Scotts" in London. Raf has recorded a session at "BBC Maida Vale Studios" and released "Studies in Bossa Deluxe" on 2013.
"Proof of a precocious talent enough to reach well beyond a niche market" – - "SongLines” "Fabulous, very beautiful. I absolutely love it" – "James Cullum", BBC radio 2 "Stunning, gorgeous, so beautiful" – "Lucy Duran", BBC radio 3 "This young Brazilian avoids all the sun-kissed cliches with effortless aplomb. It's as if we are hearing the very soul of these sometimes bouncily euphoric sons." – Howard Male, "The Independent”
2011 – Studies in Bossa (Far Out Recordings) 2013 – Studies in Bossa" (Far Out Recordings) 2014 – Piranha Parlour (to be released)
- "World Routes: Raf Vilar, CD Review". BBC Radio 3. Retrieved 30 October 2011.