In this episode we chat with Floriano (Flo) Cabral, TV producer and co-founder of the International Portuguese Music Awards (IPMA) (http://ipmaawards.com/)!
The IPMA show, now in its 5th year, is a Portuguese-style GRAMMY show, aiming to encourage artists of Portuguese descent to share their work. The hope is for artists to network and collaborate, which happened last year with artist Boss AC & Paulo Gonzo’s sound engineer.
IPMA weekend is made up of 3 events – a Friday night gala; the show on Saturday night; and the after-party immediately following the show. This year’s show is taking place on April 22, 2017 at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford. Artists like Lucenzo, of ‘Danza Kuduro’ fame, Jorge Ferreira & Roberto Leal have been honored in the past.
Over the years, Floriano has faced criticism from members in the community but has pushed past them. Like we say, “Your success is our success!” We should encourage each other and support fellow Portuguese entrepreneurs and organizations. =)
Ok, on to the food… some of Floriano’s favorites are chicharros fritos and polvo à lagareiro – he recently spent a weekend cooking for his wife’s family in São Miguel. Floriano is also a key committee member for the Day of Portugal celebrations in Fall River, MA. Floriano says his friends wonder if he actually works but as they say, “Love what you do, you won’t work a day in your life!” That’s advice we can all get behind!