Frank started playing drums at the tender age of 11 in Mozambique, where he already gained performance experience with friends and school bands. He recalls making his own drums and guitars out of oil canisters as a child, as it was hard to find musical instruments in a Mozambique oppressed by a raging civil war.
Despite the challenges, however, Frank achieved true musical greatness. Collaborative highlights include performance Tucan Tucan as a band leader, Uhambo (a Norwegian, Dennish and Southern African Collaboration), VJR, Ragga Africa (an Indian- African collaboration, Award winner Jimmy Dludlu with whom we toured USA, performed at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Washington DC, New York, Switzerland’s Lugano Jazz Fest, Italy, France and Holland’s North Sea Jazz Fest just to name but a few.
Award-winning guitarist Allou April and saxophonist Moreira Chonguiça; Norwegian jazz singer Guro Graven Johansen, Rabbi Jack Gabriels from Colorado, USA, performing Israeli folk music; New Yorker Monique Bingham, Norway-based award winner Ivan Mazuze and Mozambican Orlando Venhereque at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, In 2000 Frank was invited to record with South Africa’s top musicians under the Sheer Sound Jazz Label, of which his composition Milagre was chosen for the music video. The group also won the South African Music Awards (SAMA), for the Best Contemporary Jazz Album and received an invitation to De Hague to perform at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2001. In his career as a session musician, Frank has recorded on more than 40 albums, 10 of which received awards and 4 were nominated. Frank Paco is Currently at the final stage of recording his debut album for his band “Frank Paco Art Ensemble that features some of finest International and local musicians. His band wowed audiences at 2014 Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
In 1994 Frank Paco decided to further his study in jazz by enrolling at the University of Cape Town where he attained an Honour’s Degree in Jazz Performance with distinction. Besides live performances Frank enjoys teaching and conducting workshops around schools in South Africa. He has conducted the ArtsCape Youth Mentoring program, MMINO Norwegian Youth Mentoring program in Hout Bay and Stellenbosch University, Scandinavian school tour conducting Interactive workshops, workshops for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival to mention a few.