Rui Bandeira was born in the then Portuguese colonial territory of Mozambique, in Nampula. He came to Portugal when he was 2 years old.
He took his first steps in music by learning to play keyboards at a music school when he was eight years old. Around 15, he began to compose his first songs within the church. In the next 10 years, until 1997, four albums were released, two by a band he was a founder of and the last two already solo.
His first disc with national projection is the album “Como tudo começou”, which was released in March 1999. That year he also represented Portugal at the Cairo International Festival, in Egypt, where he was ranked 4th out of 32 countries, with his interpretation of “Make this World”.
In 2003, he participated in the television show Academia dos Famosos, on TVI, and launched the compilation qalbum “Momentos”.
The album “Destino” was released in 2004. The album sold more than 10,000 units and Bandeira received the Silver Disc award for the first time. This work includes a duet with the Portuguese tenor Carlos Guilherme.
Also in 2006, his first DVD was recorded, which would be released the following year. The Live DVD is based on themes from the album
“Só Deus Sabe” and also includes three themes from other albums. Thus, in 2007, the album “Ao Vivo” was released.
In April 2009, the album “O Nosso Amor (álbum de Rui Bandeira)” was released. The songs “Deus abençoou o nosso amor”, “Vou embora mas vou feliz” and the ballads “Sei que não vais esquecer” and “Esquece o que aconteceu” stand out from this album.
In 2010, the album “Um dia vais voltar” is edited. In 2011, he released the live album “Coliseu”. In 2010, Rui released a double album with DVD of the concert held at Coliseu do Porto. In 2012, the album “Chegou a Hora” is edited. This is followed in 2013 by the album “Sempre a pensar em vocês”.