Rui Reininho

From Unearthing The Music

Rui Reininho. Photo credits: RTP

Rui Manuel Reininho Braga, better known as Rui Reininho (born February 28, 1955) is a Portuguese singer. Since 1981, he has been the lead vocalist of Portuguese rock band GNR. He was born in Porto, Portugal and studied at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School (Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema). He is one of the most well known, and often controversial, icons of the Portuguese rock scene.

In 1977, Reininho, along with Jorge Lima Barreto, recorded his first LP as Anar Band. By 1980, GNR (of which Vítor Rua was a member at the time) had started out playing at small parties in Porto. Rui Reininho went to a GNR concert at Pavilhão do Académico (a sports pavilion in Porto) in order to interview the band and was eventually invited to join the group. In 1981, Reininho recorded his first album with GNR and has remained with the band ever since. The band had great success in Portugal during the 1980s and early 1990s when they reached a peak of nearly 200 live performances per year. They stage - in a language often enriched by Porto slang - the caricatured and stereotyped sides of the city's inhabitants.[1]


* (in Portuguese) Interview with Rui Reininho about the 25 years career of the singer, in SPA - Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores (Portuguese Authors Society) website