African-Rooted Percussion Workshop with Dendê Macêdo

Spotlight: Brazil

Learn to play Afro-Brazilian percussion on timbau, caixa, surdo, pandeiro, bacurinha and tamborim first hand with a former member of Timbalada! Dendê will teach you the original rhythms and breaks from bands like Timbalada, Ilê Aiyê and Olodum, as well as traditional rhythms from samba de roda and candomble. Each class will include proper technique, exercises, tuning and maintenance, call and response, improvisations and soloing.

Dendê Macêdo is a percussionist, singer, composer, bandleader, teacher, and multi-instrumentalist. He’s been a professional musician since the age of 14, when he appeared in the frontline of Timbalada, Carlinhos Brown’s superstar percussion ensemble. Since 2001, he’s been developing his solo career, splitting his time between the US and Bahia and working with his folkloric group Ologundê and his flagship band Dendê & Band. Dendê & Band have recently performed at venues such as the Glastonbury Festival in the UK, Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, the KW Latinfest in Canada, the Penang World Music Festival in Malaysia, Summerdance and the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and the Chile Pepper Fiesta at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

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