Since the start of his career, in the late 60's until today he participates on recordings and plays in concerts of some greatest national and international artists, besides recordings of his own, performances of his groups and workshops on Brazilian rhythms all over the world.
His discography includes contributions on recordings of Milton Nascimento, Joćo Donato, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Wayne Shorter, Paul Horn, George Duke, Egberto Gismonti, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Raul de Souza, Dori Caymmi, Cal Tjader, Sarah Vaughn, Gilberto Gil, Toninho Horta and most recently Lisa Ono and Guilherme Vergueiro.
Lately Mr. Silva has been concentrating on his own band, Robertinho Silva e Familia, which features not surprisingly, his percussionist sons. Ronaldo and Wanderley Silva began working alongside Mr. Silva in Milton Nascimento's rhythm section about eight years ago, and gained much valuable experience with the popular Brazilian singer/songwriter, recording and performing with him.
Mr. Silva has been also very busy making himself available master classes and workshops in many music schools and universities all over the world.
Mr. Silva's first album as a leader was "Musica Popular Brasileira" for Philips in 1981, followed by "Bateria" in 1984 for Gismonti's Carmo label and "Speak no Evil" in 1989 for CBS in Brazil.