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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 Bio: Tact Hirose is a Japanese musician, composer,producer and bassist. He is also known as a devotee of Brazilian performance art Maracatu, and presides a Maracatu group BAQUEBA in Tokyo. While continuing with his international musician's work, he has also aggressively advanced the propagation of Maracatu to various areas in Japan. Since 2013, He has led a citizens Batucada of Maracatu in SUKIYAKI MEETS THE WORLD FESTIVAL that is one of the most famous world music festival in...

Episode 42 Mestre Memeu of Olodum

Bio: Mestre Memeu, is a legend in the samba reggae community. He has been part of olodum for 35 years and leading for 25 of those. He has toured the world playing with Olodum and teaching workshops. He received the name of MESTRE after the 1st Mestre Neguinho do Samba bestowed him with the title. He has collaborated with Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Alpha Blondie. Aside from Olodum, he currently also leads his group, A Banda do Mestre Memeu, where they play his original...


Episode 41 Ana Laidley

Ana grew up in the cradle of Samba, Estaçao Primeira de Mangueira, where her father was a well-respected musician and her mother was one of the first well known Passistas to perform nationally and internationally. na has been teaching Samba for some 26 years in the USA. Her classes integrate traditional and contemporary Samba styles. Her teaching methodology integrates her life experiences with Samba and her psychology background, providing a space for people to develop their knowledge...


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 and lover of samba and its culture! Links Sponsored by! 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 and lover of samba and its culture! Links Sponsored by! This episode sponsored by Caixas, surdos, straps, repiniques for sale...


Episode 37 Neil Bost

Neil Bost graduated from Yucca Valley High School in 2009, where he participated in the symphonic band and marching band drum line for four years. He graduated from Humboldt State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in music performance and music education. Other education includes summer workshops such as the Explorations in Afro-Cuban Music and Dance workshop, which Neil has taken and worked for every summer over the past four years. This workshop brought in master drummers...

Episode 36 Zachary Himelhoch Samba Nashville

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Zachary Himelhoch is a world-percussionist with specialization in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Caribbean styles. Zachary has performed with numerous artists including Chance The Rapper, Denny Jiosa, Andy Narell, Lenny Castro, Etienne Charles, The Cool Kids, Daru Jones, Mark Walker, and Dave Garfield at events throughout the country including The Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Lollapalooza, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival...

Episode 35 Moyseis Marques

Moyseis Marques is a singer, composer, and guitarist. He began his professional career in 1998 and in the past 18 years of his career he has dedicated himself fully to the rhythms of Brazil, particularly samba, forró, and so-called MPB ("Música Popular Brasileira"). He is a founder of the bands "Casuarina", "Forró na Contramão" and "Tempero Carioca", and in 2001 he began playing frequently in the bars of Lapa -- the bohemian heart of Rio de Janeiro – and participating actively in Lapa's...

Episode 34 Bryan Cooperrider

Sponsored by! Sponsored by! Brazilian drums for sale in the USA! Bryan Cooperrider is an educator, designer, and musician. With a background in art and engineering, he received a masters in product design from Stanford University. He and his wife, also a product designer, run a design consulting firm in Flagstaff. Bryan started playing piano at the age of eight, and his musical journey has never stopped. His love of music extends from American folk and jazz to...

Episode 33 Batalá New York Directors Deinya Phenix and Laura Torell

Deinya Phoenix and Laura Torell Batalá New York is a part of a global arts project made up of over 30 bands around the world. The music of Batalá originates in Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia, in northeastern Brazil. The international Batalá family owes its existence to Giba Gonçalves, a percussionist, composer and choreographer from Salvador. The first representation of Batalá in New York City, known as ‘Batalá NYC,’ was born in 2012. In the summer of 2016, under new...

Episode 32 Alessandro Cardozo

Alessandro Cardozo is an accomplished cavaquinista, composer and music producer and musical director. His first steps into the music world were taken when he was only 8 years old. In spite of his young age, he went to serestas and rodas de choro. As a teenager, Cardozo decided to go further and deepen his studies; seeking further specialization, he enrolled in music classes. Alessandro is a true cavaquinho scholar, and such dedication and skills have led to being a sought after musician for...

Episode 31 Lorin Hansen and Mason Aeschbacher of Samba Fogo

Samba Fogo is a non-profit Cultural Arts Organization inspired many years ago by the excitement and beauty of Afro-Brazilian Music and Dance. For over a decade we have been studying, performing and teaching in Utah along the Wasatch Front and the Western United States. Our mission is to enrich our community and inspire others through live performances, arts education, classes and...

Episode 30 Margareth Menezes

One of the most powerful voices of Brazilian popular music, Margareth Menezes has been in the Brazilian music scene for the last 30 years. She is famed for her energetic live performances and regularly tours and performs at carnival celebrations. Her career began in 1987 when she recorded her first LP single (Pharaoh - Divinity of Egypt by Luciano Gomes) and sold more than 100,000 copies. True to her roots, she mixes elements of African, Brazilian, indigenous and pop music in a movement she...

Episode 29 Beto Guimaraes

Born and raised in Olinda in the state of Pernambuco in northeastern Brazil, Beto Guimareas is dedicated to sharing the richness of his culture through many forms of Brazilian dance such as Samba, Samba de Roda, Pagode, Coco de Roda, Samba Reggae, Frevo, and Maracatu. Beto has performed throughout the U.S, as well as internationally.. He is a long-time teacher of dance at California Brazil Camp, and is currently the director of dancer for Portland, Oregon’s...

Episode 28 Chris Quade Couto

Chris Quade Couto was born in 1981 in Cologne/Germany. He began his career as a musician already as a child and with only 15 years, specialized in Brazilian percussion. He played with famous artists like Dudu Nobre and Joyce Cândido, participated in intensive workshops in Brazilian and Cuban percussion with teachers like Dudu Tucci and Ravin Jayasuriya, played in groups such as Pimenta Malagueta, Tim Sein Lada and Cologne Street Beat, founded and directed the samba school Unidos de Colônia...

Episode 27 Mestre Curtis Pierre

Curtis Pierre “The Samba Man” of New Orleans. He is the founder and director of Casa Samba, the first School of Samba in the Louisiana and the Southern Region. Born and raised in the carnival traditions of New Orleans for the first 20 years of his life. He was introduced to Brazilian percussion in 1979 by Airto Moreira, world renown Brazilian drummer for Miles Davis. He later studies percussion with Bill Summers, percussionist for Herbie Hancock; Munyungo Jackson, percussionist for Stevie...