One of the founders of the Mangueira samba school in 1929 and a member of its precursor, the Bloco dos Arengueiros, Satur was the first president of Mangueira and was so position until 1935, when he died. In 1934, he was one of the founders and the vice president of the União das Escolas de Samba do Brasil (League of the Samba Schools of Brazil). Also a composer of many sambas, he had his "Fiquei Sem Esperança" recorded by his daughter, Dona Neuma, the famed porta-bandeira, in 2000 on the double CD Mangueira/Sambas de Terreiro e Outros Sambas. "Fiquei Sem Esperança" was his last composition, written just two months before his passing, exactly when he was parading with Mangueira in the first official Carnaval contest in 1935. Satur also had a prominent role as a pacifier of the violent disputes aroused by the rivalry between the several boroughs and hills of Rio de Janeiro.
Born in the Estácio borough in Rio de Janeiro where the modern urban samba was forged (having the maxixe-influenced samba being created in Tia Ciata's house), Satur learned with the local batuqueiros to play the tamborim, the pandeiro, the dish-and-knife, and also to improvise the partido-alto. He soon became attracted by the Mangueira hill and in the early '20s, he was already a regular there. Until his demise, he wrote many sambas de terreiro celebrated in Mangueira.