Ramiro Mendes

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Ramiro Mendes
OriginCape Verde Islands
Occupation(s)Musician, author, artist and humanitarian[1][2]

Ramiro Mendes (born 1961) is a Cape Verdean musician, singer and author.[3] Together with his brother João, he formed the Mendes Brothers.[3][4][5]


Ramiro Mendes was born in the small village of Palonkon on the island of Fogo, Cape Verde. Together with his brother, João, they immigrated to the United States in 1978. He studied Commercial Arranging and Film Scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.[6]

As composer he has collaborated in several music albums from artists including Cesária Évora, Tito Paris and Maria de Barros.[7]

One of his recording career highlights is the 1997 hit by former President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, called Pa Manyen. This hit is an adaptation of "Angola", composed by Ramiro, first recorded by Cesária Évora.[8]

His composition of “Angola” helped Cesária Évora to achieve her first gold record in France.[9]


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  2. ^ "A musical guide to Cape Verde | Climate Reality". www.climaterealityproject.org. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b "The Mendes Brothers Launch a New Spiritual Book – Sound---The Fabric of Soul, Consciousness, Reality, and the Cosmos and a Global Peace Initiative". Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Mendes Brothers - Cap-Vert USA | cd mp3 concert biographie news | Afrisson". www.afrisson.com (in French). Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Bandera". Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  6. ^ www.lesideesnet.com, Les Idées Net. "African Success: Biography of Ramiro Mendes". www.africansuccess.org. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Ramiro Mendes | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Maria Alice - Lusafrica". www.lusafrica.com. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  9. ^ Mortaigne, Véronique (19 November 2012). "Miss Perfumado fête ses 20 ans". Le Monde.fr (in French). Retrieved 27 July 2017.