Ruca Rebordão

Percussion, Studio Recording

8 Reviews
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Ruca is a live and studio percussionist/composer/producer who has recorded more than 200 albums with artists from around the globe. He played or recorded with artists such as Sadao Watanabe, Anna Maria Jopek, Rão Kyao, Madredeus, Teresa Salgueiro, Melody Gardot, Alejandro Sanz, António Chainho, Susan Palma-Nidel, Gil Goldstein, Couple Coffee,...

Percussionist and composer with a professional career for more than 30 years, Ruca was born in Angola, moved to Brazil with his family at the age of 13 and then at 20 he moved to Portugal. After that he has already lived in Australia and USA and he currently lives in Portugal again. His passion for percussion began during his childhood in Angola but it was in Brazil where he got to know more instruments, techniques and rhythms. He studied at “Escola de Artes e Oficios” (Arts and crafts school), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; “Juventude Musical Portuguesa” (Portuguese music youth school), Lisbon; Sydney University, Specialisation Area - World Music, Australia. His musical influences vary a lot, a result both of his life experience and the contact he had with musicians from all over the world. Nevertheless, the strongest rhythms and sounds in his music and compositions are from Southern Africa, Mediterranean Countries, Brazil and Cuba.
Ruca recorded and/or played with a huge variety of artists. Among many others: Sadao Watanabe
(Japan– where he toured for 8 years in a row); Alejandro Sanz, Kepa Junkera, Rosana (Spain); Rão Kyao, Madredeus, Teresa Salgueiro, Paulo de Carvalho,...(Portugal); Susan Palma-Nidel, Melody Gardot, Tommy Campbel, Steve Thornton, George Witty, Leo Travessa, Melissa Meell (USA); Ivan Linz, Martinho da Vila, Fred Martins, Fafá de Belém, Toquinho (Brazil).

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  • Portuguese

8 Reviews

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  1. Review by Múcio Sá
    by Múcio Sá

    Ruca is a seasoned session musician and producer. I worked a lot with him in the recording of many projects. He has the ability to orchestrate percussion parts that mengle well in any mix. Moreover, he's also a great performer live. He combines top musicianship with a talent to communicate with expressiveness.

  2. Review by Susan Palma Nidel
    by Susan Palma Nidel

    I met Ruca 6 years ago when I embarked ,as an American Flutist, on a project to record Portuguese music. He was so welcoming, supportive and taught me so much about this great music. He can do it all as a terrific percussionist, has great knowledge about audio engineering and has creative ideas about sharing and making the music come to life. And after all that I love that I can call him a dear friend who will always be there when you need him.

  3. Review by Richard O. Nidel
    by Richard O. Nidel

    I have worked with Ruca regularly since 2015 in live performances and recording studios in Portugal, New York City and in New Hampshire (USA). Ruca is without question one of the finest, most versatile and creative percussionists and musicians on the planet.

    He is a magician. His versatility is extraordinary whether playing World music, jazz, classical or folk. He understands exactly what is needed and always seems to add a special nuance to the music using hand percussion, the kit, berimbau or vocalese with taste and precision. Ruca is simply FIRST CALL AND FIRST CLASS.

  4. Review by João Balão
    by João Balão

    Ruca is an incredibly eclectic musician, who adapts naturally and quickly to any musical genre, offering absolutely creative solutions, taking the music he's playing to another level. Working with Ruca is a dream for any musical project, for his captivating and relaxing personality, for his professionalism, for his creativity. Whenever we worked together, Ruca was always careful to create spaces for the other musicians with whom he played, while inspiring them and driving the final group sound.

  5. Review by Miguel P.

    Ruca fills the music with fantastic sounds that send us back to nature and give a wonderful sound to musical works. He is a music painter who perfectly masters countless and wonderful instruments, some of them extraordinarily simple but which require a technique and sensitivity that is only available to a true master.

  6. Review by Antonio Pinto
    by Antonio Pinto

    I’ve had the privilege to work with Ruca for many years in Portugal and in many other country’s.
    His work is mature and consistent as a percussionist in different musical genres and feels.

  7. Review by Marta Coutinho
    by Marta Coutinho

    Ruca is more than a musician, he is an amazing global artist. He is a talented percussionist with a wide range of knowledge on different world rhythms. He always brings his personal and unique flavour to the instruments he plays and he is also an expert at creating sound landscapes for musical projects, films, dance pieces. Proud to have already worked with him in several multidisciplinary projects.

  8. Review by Mário Delgado
    by Mário Delgado

    Ruca is a very talented and creative percussionist and producer. He can make your music stand out with is musicality, groove and years of experience.
    I have been lucky to play with him in some concerts and recording sessions.


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1 Revision For Free, Other Revisions are $20 each. You will receive your percussion tracks in 3 days maximum.

GenresSounds Like
  • Sadao Watanabe
  • Rão Kyao
  • Couple Coffee
Gear Highlights
  • Congas
  • Bongos
  • Berimbau
  • Pandeiro
  • Djembe
  • Cajon
  • Tambourines
  • Shakers
  • Caxixi
  • Cowbells Various African Brazilian & Cuban Percussion. Recording - Logig 10
  • Audio Pre-Amps
  • Microphones - Sondtronics
  • Sennheiser
  • Audio Technica & Audix.
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