Rafael Gonzalo Raposo Carreno was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1980. He started playing guitar at nine years of age and at the age of eleven began his Estudios de Guitarra Clásica at the Conservatory of Música Leo Scheneider. He also took the Historia de la Música and the Teoría and Solfeo courses at the same Conservatory.
Since then, he started to appear in Porto Alegre and other cities in the interior of Brazil, pubs, theatres, churches and concert halls.
In 1995, at the age of 15 he was chosen as one of the three best guitarists of ‘Cone Sul’ South America - (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay).
At the age of 18 he went on to study at IPA University in Porto Alegre, Brazil where he studied electric guitar, classical guitar and piano. He taught guitar lessons and electric guitar at the University and at Colégio Americano where he spent seven years teaching.
In 2004 Rafa came to Spain to get to know the land of his grandfather and expand his knowledge of music.
Over the coming years Rafa grew as a performing artist with numerous solo concerts as well as with his groups Off Limits and Los Raposos.
They gigged throughout the Costa Blanca part of Spain and with acclaimed Brazilian composer and guitarist Frank Solari, who also lived in Europe, did concerts throughout Spain, Portugal and Germany.
In 2015 Rafa secured a permanent slot at the very popular venue known as Saxo Disco Garden Chill Out in Moraira. With at least two slots a week, Rafa’s popularity has grown enormously.
From playing gigs back in the days of venues like Don Quixote in Moraira Rafa established a following of British ex-pats he now affectionately calls ‘The Family’.
Rafa is well regarded as the best guitarist in the area, both from a technical point of view and as well as a performer with a wide range of musical styles taking on reggae, jazz, pop, classic & modern rock, and metal - even flourishing the odd 80s pop tune with his own funky reggae flamenco style. He is also a fantastic vocalist, so is equally at home performing solo as well as with a full band.