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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! gosamba.net Shop Now This podcast was sponsored by Go Samba! Gosamba.net 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 https://vamola.org/, 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 GoSamba.net 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.
Episode 42 Mestre Memeu of Olodum
Dianna Ramirez and Courtney Danley have a conversation with Mestre Memeu of Olodum. This is a long-form interview where we get the chance to ask him about Bahia and Salvador and what it has been like touring the world.
Episode 41 Ana Laidley
Interview with Ana Laidley, Ainha Malandro, about her life growing up in Estaçao Primera de Mangueira, her 26 years of teaching samba dance classes in the United States, and founding International Samba Congress.
Episode 40 Clarissa Altmann
Clarissa Altmann was born in 1975. From 6 to 16 she played Flute, Fanfare, Trumpet, Piano and Guitar. She saw samba for the first time in 2001. Her first “real” Samba-Experience was 2006 a Batucada Masterclass in Germany with Ivo Meirelles from the famous Mangueira samba school. She fell in love with Rio Samba- Batucada & Funk and ended up founding her own Samba Group BATURIM in Summer 2007 which she is still directing. During the following years she had more Batucada Masterclass Workshops...
Episode 39 Francisco Marques
Bio: Francisco Marques is a multi-instrumentalist dedicated to the performance, teaching, and study of Brazilian roots music. He is a founding member of Ginga, the director of Grupo Chegando Lá and a member of Sambadendé and the Boulder Samba School. Born in Sao Paolo, Brazil, he was raised in the Washington DC area and graduated from Colby College in 2000, where he received a BA in Music, with a focus on classical guitar. Francisco teaches on a variety of instruments, with a focus on...
Episode 38A Bruno Moraes
Bruno Moraes, percussionist, director of the Bateria Trophy, commentator srzd.com and lover of samba and its culture! Links http://www.trofeubateria.com.br/ http://www.srzd.com/ http://www.batuquedigital.com.br/ http://www.mocidadeindependente.com.br/ https://www.facebook.com/bruno.moraes.5494 https://www.facebook.com/trofeubateria/ https://www.facebook.com/batuquedigital/ Sponsored by GoSamba.net! This episode sponsored by Go Samba! Brazilian drums for sale in the USA!
Episode 38 Bruno Moraes
Bruno Moraes, percussionist, director of the Bateria Trophy, commentator srzd.com and lover of samba and its culture! Links http://www.trofeubateria.com.br/ http://www.srzd.com/ http://www.batuquedigital.com.br/ http://www.mocidadeindependente.com.br/ https://www.facebook.com/bruno.moraes.5494 https://www.facebook.com/trofeubateria/ https://www.facebook.com/batuquedigital/ Sponsored by GoSamba.net! This episode sponsored by gosamba.net Caixas, surdos, straps, repiniques for sale...