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Emanuel started his music career in 1973 in a school specialized in classical guitar. During 6 years, the artist was committed to his training in classical music and, later on, became a full time musician: he became a music teacher for 8 years, conducted small orchestras, played in bars and launched an instrumental album.
Soon his talent becomes noticed and Emanuel started receiving invitations to work as a composer and arranger for Portuguese pop singers during the 1980s. Emanuel produced the album “Joana” for Marco Paulo, top artist in the Portuguese music scene at the time.
In 1992, Emanuel started working as a solo artist and released his first album. The artists connected immediately with the audience and reached his first platinum record in 1994 with the album “Rapaziada vamos dançar”, becoming an overnight sensation in 1995 with the song “Pimba Pimba” (with 510,000 copies sold within the first 6 months).
This success spread to all Portuguese speaking countries, reaching Brazil in 1996, where the duo Leando & Leonardo requested to make their version of “Pimba Pimba”. In the following year and after several polls promoted by different radio stations, magazines and newspapers, Emanuel is voted “King of Popular Music” and “Most Popular Artist” in 1997.
In 1998, Emanuel showed himself as a romantic singer with the album “Felicidade e (quando o telefone toca)”, reaching platinum status. On October 5th 1998, Emanuel is named “Emanuel I, King of Portuguese Popular Music” in Ourém Castle, by D. Duarte Pio de Bragança – Portugal’s rightful heir to the throne.
In 1999, Emanuel travelled to New York to receive an award for Portuguese Music Ambassador, awarded by the Portuguese community all over the world.
In 2001, Emanuel worked as main producer of the original soundtrack of the soap opera “Anjo Selvagem” (TVI), an huge hit and the only Portuguese soap opera to be on air for 3 years. This song is still sung all over the country.
By late 2012, Emanuel worked once again for TV, creating the original theme song and other songs for the soap opera “Sonhos Traídos” (TVI).
In 2007, Emanuel worked as a composer/author in Portugal’s Song Contest and won.
Soon after, Emanuel worked in different sounds which are still the foundation of traditional Portuguese music but with a different rhythm, adapting to new harmonies and modern trends. In 2010, as in 1995, Emanuel created a new style, mixing Portuguese roots, African heat and electronic rhythms, with the hit song “O Ritmo do Amor (Kuduro)”. In just one year, this phenomenon spread to Portuguese and international dance floors.
With the song “Baby, és uma Bomba”, Emanuel won the “Song of the Year” award with 28,2% of the public voting, in a TV show broadcasted live on RTP.
In 2014, Emanuel accepted RTP’s invitation to compete in Portugal’s Song Contest and won again.
In 2015, Emanuel continued his work with a new sound and launches “A Moda dos Beats Afro”. Also in 2015, the artists created a new version of “Tudo por Amor” and sung it with Erika Ender, co-author of the international hit, “Despacito”. This singing/authors collaboration performed for the first time in October 17th 2015 on a special concert in Panama City, broadcasted live on Panamanian TV.
Emanuel continues to draw crowds of music fans to his concerts, has 22 albms and several anthologies released and as a composer/author, he has more than 1200 released works.