Arnaldo Rosa de Freitas was born on July 18th, 1951, in Camacha, a place of strong roots of popular folk music.


From a very early age, he began playing a little guitar called “rajão”. He played together with his father, José de Freitas, “Master José of the Rabeca” (a specimen of violin with a thin sound), as the locals know him, in his visits of the Holly Ghost with young singers, and in family parties.


At the age of 8, he took part in the “Grupo Folclórico da Boa Vista”, in Funchal (founded by Mr. Aurélio Martins) where he had his first moments with the guitars and accordions.


In Secondary School at “Colégio Salesiano de Artes e Ofícios”, in 1967, at the age of 16, he created the band “Conjunto Juventude Académica”  with his friends José Alberto Pereira, João Macedo, Rui Alberto and Moreira. Later António Barbosa and José Luis joined the band.


They achieved local success. They played original music and other artists hits. Their performance was in the whole island: at private schools, churches, at the Municipal Theatre Baltazar Dias, Casino da Madeira, etc. There were three more bands at the time which were too competitive, “The Baitas”, “The Sonnes” and “The Dolmans”.


“Conjunto Juventude Académica”– From left to right (Arnaldo freitas, João Macedo, Moreira, José Alberto Pereira e Rui Alberto)


By this time he also started perceiving the accordions in a different way. In 1968 he bought his own Accordion Scandalli, with the money he won playing in the buses around the island  and on the trips to Porto Santo and Paúl do Mar.


In High-School Jaime Moniz, then at 6th and 7th degree , between 1970 and 1972, he took part of the local band called “Conjunto Contacto” with his friends Pimenta, Duarte Vasconcelos and Danilo Reis. There was another band “Conjunto Habitat”. These bands were directed by Father Sumares. At the same time he played accordion in “Grupo Folclórico do Liceu Jaime Moniz”.


Conjunto Contacto” – 1970

From left to right (Pimenta, Duarte Vasconcelos, Arnaldo Freitas e Danilo Reis)



He took part in “Grupo Folclórico do Funchal directed by Luís Francisco Nóbrega with performances in big ships, local hotels, Lisbon and London.


In 1985 he played bass-guitar in a band called “Azinhaga-Álamos”.


More recently he has been playing in small parties, for family and friends.


Professionally he’s a bank clerk since 1980.






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