Miroca Paris — You’ve probably seen him perform live several times without knowing it was him. For 11 years the Cape Verdian multi-instrumentalist toured the world as Cesária Évora’s percussionist.
Finally, in 2017, Miroca released his highly anticipated album D’ALMA,
as the ‘Barefoot Diva’ always wished him to do. In the last years he’s been sharing his music with skilled live band, with audiences in 4 continents!
During his career spanning 20 years in 2018, Miroca’s brilliantly added layers and color, excelling alongside international artists like Chico Cesar, fadista Cuca Rosetta, Tito Paris, Bana, Mariza, Sara Tavares, Zizi Possi, ft Angélique Kidjo, Bitori & Chando Graciosa, Nancy Vieira, Bonga, Rui Veloso, Tcheka, Camané, Aline Frazão, Bana, Boy Gê Mendes, Teófilo Chantre, Tito Paris, Cesaria Evora Orchestra and many others.
Drawing on his vast rhythmic knowledge, he’s created his own unique guitar playing technique; forward driving, playful, surprising and fresh.
Of course he still treats his audiences to fantastic percussion solos during every show!
GROWING UP IN
Miroca was born into a family of thriving musicians “the Paris”, on the Northern island
São Vicente, Mindelo (Cape Verde – off the coast of Senegal). At the age of seven he started to play the drums, at thirteen Miroca he explored singing, playing guitar as well as percussion. Fueled by the sounds all around him, he founded his first band in 1994, drumming and singing himself. A year later he was invited to play with A Batucada, a percussion ensemble in São Vicente.
1998 Marks a milestone in his life when he moved to Portugal. Opportunities arose as he performed in bars as a drummer or percussionist, alongside artists from all over the world, including his famous uncle Tito Paris. In 1999 Sara Tavares asked him to join her band and only a year later he received an invitation that leads him to join Cesária Évora’s ensemble in France.
For 11 years he toured the the world several times over, meeting incredible artist, collaborating with so much talent and growing as a musicians and person. The journey came to an abrupt halt when Evora passed away in December 2011.
Now the time has come for Paris to do as the ‘Barefoot Diva’ always wished him to do: to share his own music with the world. To sing his heartfelt stories front and center, while accompanying himself on guitar – like he used to – growing up in the Cape Verde Islands with his toes in the sand.
His first single ‘Mund Amor’ was released Dec 2016, featured on RTP Portuguese national TV and radio, RTP Africa and played from Russia to Montreal. ‘Mund Amor’ is the first single off his debut album set to be released spring 2017, carrying the simple yet profound title: D’Alma (soul).
Having lived in Paris, Russia and Poland, Miroca now operates from his Lisbon home.