Alexandre Francisco (Biru)

Rapper, Poet, Beatmaker and Multimedia Artist  –

Portuguese born in Lisbon, with roots in Guinea-Bissau and Angola. Winner of the Poetry Slam in Portugal and got in third place in the Latin America competition in Rio de Janeiro (2014).

His work revolves around a vision of past traditional influences and an imagined future, working with instruments and samples and incorporating imagery through experimentation with video and photography. A regular contributor to Batida as a vocalist, who in 2015 released his Diaphra’s Blackbook of Beats under the alias Alexandre Francisco Diaphra on Bazzerk/Mental Groove Records.