Recipient of the United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement.
Previous to APE he co-founded the NGO, Earth Love Fund which supported and initiated over 200 community based projects in Brazil, Africa, Asia and Australia.
As songwriter his songs included the Grammy Hall of Fame song ‘Under the Boardwalk’ and Grammy winning ‘Ai no Corrida’ . His songs were recorded by The Rolling Stones,Jay-Z, Joni Mitchel, Debbie Harry, Kenny Rogers, Ben E. King, Drifters, Shirelles and many others.
He produced APE’s houseband, Rhythms Del Mundo’s six albums which featured top Cuban and African musicians in collaboration with many artists includ. Bob Dylan, Coldplay, Amy Winehouse, Radiohead, U-2, Beyonce’, Pharrell Williams, Arctic Monkeys and others.
As musician, he plays percussion and guitar with Rhythms Del Mundo, and former bands Fox, Yellow Dog, Gentlemen Without Weapons and others.