We recently asked Pedro Alves Duarte from the Latin-Jazz band ‘Kilindu’ some questions about the past and the present, and are given an insight into what the future may hold for the band!


When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

Pedro Alves Duarte, composer and guitar player for KILINDU answers the questions: Me personally I started out at age 4. From an early age music found me trough the gifts my parents gave me on my 4th birthday. A cheap cream colored guitar, a plastic saxophone and a toy accordion with paper bellows, the guitar made my day and the next few decades after!
My inspiration to play was Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana.

Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

PAD: I heard Carlos Santana, the Portuguese Fado player and one of the most great guitar players that ever lived Carlos Paredes, also heard Chat Atkins, and Hendrix.

How long have you been playing/writing?

PAD: Started at 4, I’m 38 so it has been 34 years now. Been writing my own music even before I could actually play anyone else’s!

The teenage years were plentiful of odd hour practices and rehearsing, playing Pop Rock, RnB and Blues in local pubs and small venues, composing tunes and songs. Things were picking up form and pace and I started recording in studios and getting my stripes on being a recording player.

A couple of years into self learning and I decided to attend formal music lessons.

Studied a year at the local conservatoire, after that on a professional modern music school for 3 years where I had my first lessons in Jazz and Fusion and then also attended Hot Clube Portugal jazz school and after that completed a Master with Berklee College of Music.

How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

The tour for the next album will start June and run until December. We are currently booking gigs as we go so we have not closed the agenda. Hope we can also book some gigs in UK at the summer. Any promoter can reach us and talk with us about a gig as we are completely independent.

What has been your favourite moment in music?

PAD: It was the time when I saw the pride in my Fathers eyes after a big venue that I organized and played at, it was the first time he ever saw me play on stage and the last as he passed away not much time after. Should have talk to him more that day…

Also In 2009 the day I founded my company named “EMMA Actividades Musicais” that is mainly orientated for music education in countries part of “CPLP” – Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries”, creating music literature in Portuguese and creating and developing music bands and artists. It currently employs 15 people.

And also the day I got married!

Where is the best place to find you online?

PAD: You can find Kilindu at and there you have the contacts to book shows and get our music, can follow us on twitter @kilindu1 and on