Manoelito Martins is a Brazilian Born guitarist considered one of the finest in his instrument . He grew up listening to the best of the Brazilian Popular Music, Samba, Bossa Nova and Choro. His knowledge of Afro-Folk and Latin music, Pop, Rock, Blues ,Flamenco and Jazz are revealed in his daily work on board of the largest cruise ship in the world “Oasis of the Seas”. Studying and practicing classical music from childhood he made his debut as many other musicians in clubs theatre and streets in the cities. From his performance in radio, TV channels, and Music Festivals he became well known for his talent to a large audience.
Manoelito completed eleven years of academic studies at the conservatory of Cubatão, three years at the University of Lusiada ,(currently Uniluz) in the city of Santos, and two years at the Carlos de Campos Conservatory of Music in Tatui, São Paulo, Under the tutelage of the well known famous classical guitarist, Geraldo Ribeiro, and became a Master Guitar Teacher. Following his passion for music and seeking new challenges Manoelito immigrated to the United States in 1999 and settled in Dallas, USA. He accepted the invitation to perform in the Deep Ellum Center of the Arts in Dallas as guitarist and arranger for the play 'Between Pancho Villa and the Naked Women', directed by Cora Cordona, as well as perform in the first musical opera and blues presentation of the 'Blind Lemon Prince of Country Blues'. In in 2002 he won the National Hispanic Heritage Award and thus was invited to attend an interview by the American journalist James Regland for the Dallas Morning News. He was also invited to appear on the TV program, 'Hoy en America' hosted by Fernando Romano.
He was granted and completed a full scholarship program in Classical Guitar at the very prestigious Southern Methodist University at the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas. In 2003 he received the Artist Certificate in classical guitar performance. He has enjoyed working with famous guitarists Carlos Oliveira, Geraldo Ribeiro, Roland Dyens, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Jorge Morel and Sergio and Odair Assad, among others. He toured performing through the southern Brazilian coast with well known musician such as the harmonic player Aloísio Becker. In The United states he accompanied the Brazilian singer Baby Consuelo (former member of Novos Baianos Band on the 1970s).
In the European Tour he accompanied the multi-instrumentalist and clarinetist Scott Young and the Portuguese jazz pianist Carlos Leal. Mr. Martins, working for “Royal Caribbean International”, as a Classical Guitarist and has played concerts for an international audience between West and East Cost of the United States, Canada ,Mexico, Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Africa onboard of the Serenade, Radiance, Adventure, Legend, Freedom, Oasis and Liberty of the Seas. Mr. Martins presently has been performing in the largest cruise ship in the world . A very active and energetic musician he recorded 6 albums through an independent label in the United States: Impressions, My Brazil Sweet and Low, Light and Lively Sounds of Manoelito, Manoelito by Request, Echoes of Espana, Guitar Serenade. Currently one more single albums “Santos Pier” are being completed and will be released in the USA. His approach to guitar is extremely stylized and combines emotionally inspired interpretations with dynamic virtuosity. The power and finesse in Manoelito’s guitar technique captures a special “Signature Sound” that every artist strives to achieve.