Since 1937, Zé do Carmo has been a noted violonista (acoustic guitarist) at Rádio Clube de Pernambuco in Recife, PE. After several years working with the Regional do Felinho, he opened the show Clube das Cordas. This show was very important, having presented experienced musicians, like Romualdo Miranda, and new artists who would become famous, like Dona Ceça and Canhoto da Paraíba. The regional also had Benedito Santos (violão), Osmundo Soares (cavaquinho), and Zé Pitiu (pandeiro), among others.
Soon after, another important show was presented for Rádio Jornal do Commercio, this one dedicated to the violão (acoustic guitar) and called Quando os Violões se Encontram. Zé do Carmo performed regularly on this show, along with other violão masters of Pernambuco: Canhoto, Miro José (who introduced the seven-string violão in Pernambuco), Tozinho, Wilson Sandes, Ernani Reis, Romualdo, Ceça, and others. These shows renovated the repertory of choro with new creations which, unrecorded, were kept in the memory of the state's musicians, and continue to be performed until today.