Eduardo Mendonça was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and traces his lineage to a royal African family bearing the hereditary title of Mama-beka ("prophet of the royal court").
His grandfather, maintained the Mama-beka title and is pictured in the Instituto Geográfico e Histórico da Bahia (Geographic and Historical Institute of Bahia).
"Seattle is lucky to have Mendonça in the neighborhood" (The Seattle Times)...
- Winner of "Spirit of Liberty"; award received from the Congressman Jim McDermott for an immigrant who has made outstanding contribution to his adopted country, the U.S.A. while maintaining his ethnic heritage.
- Winner of "Outstanding Brazilian Male Singer based in the U.S." for the Brazilian International Press Award 2007 (Florida).
- Winner of "Tribute for Excellence and Achievements in Advancement of Performing Arts and Education of the Brazilian Music in 2006" - Centro Cultural Hispano Americano and University of Washington.
- Winner of Aspasia Phoutrides Pulakis Memorial Award 2005 for his significant contributions to the Brazilian Community and the community at-large of the Northwest.
Examples of his musical experience and engagement:|
- Performed as featured musician in many venues in Bahia - Brazil
- Performed in trios such as Dengo da Bahia, Papa Léguas, and Marcos Medrado, and toured locally and internationally as vocalist and percussionist with the folkloric troupe,
Exaltação á Bahia.
- Command performances for Brazilian President Joãoo Baptista Figueiredo and for Pope John Paul II.
- Played for the former South Africa President Nelson Mandela (Seattle, WA - USA - 1999).
- In 1991, Mendonça was featured in Paul Simon's documentary music video, "Born at the Right Time."
- Performed for legendary Brazilian musicians Geraldo Azevedo (2008 - Calgary, Canada); Alcione (2006 - Florida, USA), Roberto Menescal (2007 - Florida, USA), and Jorge Ben Jor (2008 - Florida, USA).
- Play for Pope John Paul IIs welcome to Brazil, former South Africa President Nelson Mandela (Seattle, WA, USA, 1999), Brazilian President Jočo Baptista Figueiredo (Brazil 1979)
- Eduardo also performed for the 14th Dalai Lama (Seattle, WA 2008), and legendary Brazilian musicians Alcione (2006 - Florida, USA), Roberto Menescal (2007 - Florida, USA),
Geraldo Azevedo (2008 - Calgary, Canada), and Jorge Ben Jor (2008 - Florida, USA).