Who is Carlos De Aguiar ?


How does one encompass the brand, who is Carlos De Aguiar? How about his love for cars? Porsche specifically, perhaps his love for bikes? There is also the Portuguese community in which he is actively involved.

When hearing him speak, there is a constant flow that has been beating in this man’s veins throughout his whole life, and that, is music.

Today, he owns one of the biggest guitar collections in South Africa.

Who is Carlos De Aguiar ?

“I’ve always had a passion for music, picking up my first guitar at six-years- old. We moved to Nelspruit when I was 9-years-old, it was then that I started my first band called “The Cronicles”.

If you are wondering who the members of his band were, well, they were no other than his school friends.

Despite De Aguiar’s ambitious plans for starting a band, things weren’t easy growing up.

“We struggled financially and had to live in the maid’s quarters, but my mom was a fighter,” he explained.

Carlos De Aguiar Birthday
In fact, they were so poor, he recalls his grandfather putting a broomstick in the hole of a clutch plate. This made for a microphone stand, he then glued the holder onto the broomstick which held a second-hand mic. His grandfather’s creative genius didn’t stop there, he also made De Aguiar’s guitar out of an oil can.


At the age of 12, he moved to Johannesburg, where he started his new band, ‘Astros’. De Aguiar admits that they were anything but hot stuff in the beginning but with time they significantly improved and released their first two CD’s, resulting in them becoming famous in the Portuguese community.

In his later years he started a few businesses, developed a trade and then moved to Cape Town, but one thing stood true and that was that music was in his life every step of the way.
One of his businesses was a restaurant called Casa Do Mar, which translates as ‘House of the Sea’. In this restaurant, De Aguiar began a 2-piece band, which slowly developed into a 7-piece band, known today as ‘Kanimambo’.


Thereafter, De Aguiar began, in his spare time, bringing artists from Portugal to perform for the Portuguese community in Cape Town. He then created a group known as ‘Amigos Portugueses’ to assist him in organizing these functions.

Amigos Portugueses

Four years later, De Aguiar and one of his friends, John Da Silva, decided to buy Harley Davidson motorbikes. From then, they motivated their friends to buy Harley Davidsons with the idea of starting a biker’s group known today as ‘Amigos Portugueses’.


Today, De Aguiar is the president of the Cod Fish Association, vice president of the Portuguese Forum, President of Amigos Portugueses, and leader of his Latin band, Kanimambo.


Chilton Mellem
Editor, With a National Diploma in Journalism from CPUT and experience as a newspaper reporter, Chilton shares Dino’s passion for the Portuguese community in South Africa.