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Alex Mesquita is enough of a guitar giant to straddle two widely disparate worlds: He was born in Colina dos Macacos (Hill of the Monkeys), Bahia, Brazil and knows intimately the Bantu roots samba of his natal area, a place which in musical terms in Brazil is analogous to the Mississippi Delta in the sense of being progenitor of so much great national music.
But he was educated, among other places, at The Musician's Institute: College of Contemporary Music, in Los Angeles, California, and so also understands and can play a more Western take on music (much of which, a touch ironically and going back far enough, has the same origins as the music of Alex's hometown in Brazil).
Alex is a professor of music at the Federal University of Bahia (Universidade Federal da Bahia), and is a highly sought session and sideman, having recorded/performed with Airto Moreira, Caetano Veloso, Virgínia Rodrigues and Carlinhos Brown, among others.
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