Alua was born in Brazil. He is a multi-instrumentalist who studied popular and classical percussion in Sao Paulo. His first public performance was at the age of 8, having learnt percussion from his father, the renowned Brazilian percussionist Dinho Nascimento.
From 1997 until 1999 he worked as a musician for the Folk Ballet of Sao Paulo and in 2001 he toured Europe with Interkunst, an international artistic group based in Germany.
Alua moved to London in 2006 and joined STOMP in 2014. He has played with bands including; Peyoti For President, Saravah Soul and Sam Lee. In 2011 Alua, and his band Pe de Jurema, won the Brazilian Press Award for promoting the Brazilian Culture in the UK.