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Episode 61 Bruno Moraes

Bruno Moraes talks with us about the state of carnaval in Rio, the impact of Troféu Bateria, and why São Paulo baterias are so darn good!


Episode 60 Thalita Santos

Thalita Santos and her tamborim Samba drums from Brazil Visit Shop For Drums Bio: Thalita Santos was born and raised in Niterói. Her first contact with percussion was 10 years in the school band playing snare drum. She always loved carnival and later joined Unidos do Viradouro. She played with Viradouro for 15 years where she learned to play all the drums of the bateria. Viradouro made her love for carnival grow and her passion for her profession. She has a degree in...


Episode 60 Thalita Santos

A long-form conversation with Thalita Santos from Rio De Janeiro samba scene. Thalita is the director of tamborins at the samba school Vila Isabel, plays with Viradouro and many other samba schools. She has her own YouTube channels Thalita Santos, Site Apoteose, where she teaches how to play instruments of the Samba Baterias and interviews mestres from different samba schools.


Episode 59 Adriana Portela of Banda Didá

Adriana Portela is the director of Banda Didá Feminina. The is the first woman to conduct an all female samba-reggae band in Brazil!


Episode 58 Douglas Alonso

Douglas Alonzo has even the little things! Click Here Bio: Drummer and percussionist Douglas Alonso is an example of a musician who fell in love with a style from an early age, and made it his life and breadwinner. A sambista by nature, Douglas began playing the pandeiro and later adapted the technique of the instrument to drive with the drumstick, which made it even more distinctive in his style. With a resume with names like Virginia Rosa, Jair Rodrigues, Toninho Ferragutti,...

Episode 57 Henrique Araújo Mestre de bandolim

11/20/2019 has more than just drums. Click here Bio: Henrique Araújo currently represents an important reference for cavaquinho and mandolin in the Brazilian music scene. He completed the mandolin and cavaquinho courses at ULM-SP in 2008, studied composition and conducting at FAAM College in 2013 and has participated in several concerts, and recordings alongside popular master artists such as Dominguinhos, Yamandú Costa, Elza Soares, Wilson das Neves, Zeca Pagodinho, Gilberto Gil,...

Episode 56 Stacy Kovacs Fogo Azul NYC

Conversation with Stacy Kovacs the leader of the 100 member all-female bateria in New York City, Fogo Azul NYC. They are a powerhouse of women empowerment in the United States.


Episode 55 Mestre Junior Sampaio

Courtney was able to sit down with Mestre Junior Sampaio for some time in Rio de Janeiro and talk about growing up in Rio, in samba schools, and in candomblé. He has a fascinating story and deep knowledge of the origins of samba, how it has changed over time, and important mestres who have directed that change.


Episode 54 Pitoco De Aira

Long form interview with Pitoco De Aira of Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante.


Episode 53 Dudu Fuentes

Dudu Fuentes tells us about his journey as a musician growing up in Rio De Janeiro Brazil. Playing in the band Monobloco, arranging for Bangalafumenga, and his current projects in Rio and around the world.


Episode 52 Kleber Komká founder of Batuque Digital

Bio: Kleber Komká, is a musician and percussionist. He has played with some of the great names of Brazilian Popular Music and Brazilian Samba, such as Alcione, the late Beth Carvalho, Danilo Caymmi and many others. He is a Percussionist and director of drums with more than 30 years of parading in the batterias of the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, such as Mocidade Independent, Salgueiro, Beija Flor, Imperatriz, Mangueira, União da Ilha, São Clemente, Rio Grande among others. He is a drum...


Episode 51 Serrinha Raiz

Bio: Serrinha grew up in a family of musicians and sambistas that originated in Imperio Serrano and Estacio de Sa’. Since childhood, he demonstrated interest in various percussion instruments. He participated in “rodas de samba” that had some of the great samba personalities as invitees: Jorge Aragao, Monarco, Almir Guineto, Luiz Carlos da Vila, and Luiz Melodia, to name some. He has worked as a director of samba school, in the likes of Unidos da Tijuca, Unidos de Padre Miguel, Estacio de...

Episode 50 New York Samba School and Brazilian Council on Samba Executive Director Carlos DeOliveira

Bio: Carlos DeOliveira also known as Caco, is the founder and Executive Director of New York Samba School and the Brazilian Council on Samba. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, his work as a musician, percussionist, writer, producer and community organizer are manifestations of his lifelong love for Afro-Brazilian culture, its various iterations but particularly Samba. A musician of extreme versatility, Caco performs in the Samba, Bossa Nova, Forró and Jazz idioms as a sit in and recording...

Episode 49 Kahlil Cummings

shop for samba drums Bio: Kahlil Cummings, a Los Angeles native, is an acclaimed drummer, exceptional performer, composer, and educator. Kahlil was recognized as a child prodigy very early; since childhood, he has played with numerous reputable groups including Ballet Folclórico Do Brasil, Sona Sané, Abalayé, Mila Samba School, Inu Olorun, Debbie Allen Dance Company, Les Amazones, and Viver Brasil. Kahlil honed his rhythmic gifts with noted teachers including Mestre Amen Santo, Jose Ricardo...

Episode 48 Sounds of CBC 2

Samba Gear at Go Samba! Shop Now This podcast was sponsored by Go Samba! Order of appearance: Jorge Alabe Orisha class Coco with Mestre Pitoco Surdo Sectional with Mestre Ailton Dance class warm up with Brian Rice on Tabla (What’s the deal with Brian Rice?!?) Samba de Roda with Mestre Marcio Peeter and Marcus Costa Tamborim Sectional with Mestre Ailton Rosangela Silvestre dance class with Jorge Alabe percussion Scott Kettner triangle course at...

Episode 47 Creating a non-profit with Dev Nambi

Photo credit Eric Crawford Dev’s been playing drums since 1993, in symphonic band, marching band, jazz band, and various musicals. He stopped playing for a few years in his 20’s, a silly decision he hopes you won’t repeat. Since 2014 Dev has been a musician and organizer in, the Seattle drum and dance bloco. He also plays for dance classes around the city. For the last two years he’s been visiting groups all over the US and Canada. He’s hoping to visit and play with...

Episode 46 Douglas Jorge, Portela Samba School Bateria Director.

Douglas Jorge is a descendent of samba royalty! He is the Grandson of Alcides Gregorio, who was one of the founders of Império Serrano Samba School. Alcides Gregorio was also the Império Serrano’s first Bateria Mestre. Douglas is also grand nephew of Mestre Fuleiro, another founder of the Império Serrano. Douglas’ father is Mestre Faísca, who was also Bateria Mestre of the Império Serrano. Douglas is the nephew of the current mestre of Portela, Mestre Nilo Sérgio. He was baptized into the...

Episode 45 Pato Irie from TDot Batu

Bio: Pato’ Irie born and raised in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, honed his skills and developed his musical stylings while living in and playing in the birthplace of samba reggae–Salvador, Bahia. In 1997 Pato moved to Chile, where he shared his knowledge of samba reggae for more than 10 years. And today he has been in Toronto, Canada for 10 years and he is the founder and the leader of the premiere samba reggae band in Toronto, TDot...

Episode 44 Jakub Škrha from Ritmo Factory in Czech Republic

This episode is sponsored by Brazilian drum store in North America Bio Jakub Škrha is a percussionist focusing mainly on Brazilian rhythms and samba. For a year he had lived in Rio de Janeiro, the capital of samba, where he learned rhythms and percussion play with the best Brazilian teachers. As one of few Europeans and as a sole Czech citizen, he was part of the biggest and most famous carnivals in the world the Rio de Janeiro Carnival. For two consecutive years, he had...

Episode 43 Tact Hirose

Tact Hirose talks with us about running a maracatu group in Japan and his experiences as a professional musician.