Afro-Brazilian Percussion Classes
Learn to play timbal first hand with a former member of Timbalada! Dendê will teach you proper timbal technique, exercises, tuning and maintenance, the original timbal rhythms and breaks from bands like Timbalada, Ilê Aiyê and Olodum, improvisations and soloingAbout Dendê
A former member of Timbalada, Dendê has been performing professionally since the age of 14. With Timbalada, Dendê toured all over Brazil, Europe and Asia, appared on various television shows and has performed and recorded with such artists as Marisa Monte, Gilberto Gil, Carlinhos Brown,Yvette Sangalo and Sepultura. Having left Brazil in 2001, Dendê now lives in the US, performing and recording with his groups Dendê & Band, Arrastão do Dendê, Ologundê, and Samba de Três. With these groups he has toured all over the US and Europe. In addition to his own work, he has his performed and recorded with artists such as Mongo Santamaría, Jerry Gonzales, Daniel Moreno, Tico da Costa, Vinicius Cantuária and Alessandra Belloni. Dendê also teaches Afro-Brazilian percussion in the New York City area.