Afro-Brazilian Percussion Classes with Dendê



Join master percussionist Dendê for the next edition of this introductory class in Afro-Brazilian percussion.

Classes will be held on Saturdays from 1-2:30 pm at Dendêzieros Studio in Germantown
November 4th – December 23, 2023

Cost: $160 for the 8-week series or $25/class

Attendees will learn to play timbal, caixa, surdo, repique, xequere, tamborim, pandeiro and much more with a former member of Timbalada! Dendê will teach you proper technique, exercises, tuning and maintenance, improvisations and soloing, traditional rhythms from candomblé and samba de roda as well as the original rhythms and breaks from bands like Timbalada, Ilê Aiyê, and Olodum.

Dendê 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. 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, Ivete Sangalo and Sepultura. Having left Brazil in 2001, Dendê lived in NYC until 2014 and now lives in Philadelphia, performing and recording with his groups Dendê & Band, Arrastão, 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 Dance Brazil, Melvin Gibbs, Graham Haynes, Giovanni Hidalgo, Zakir Hussain, David Byrne and Vinicius Cantuária among many others. Register now to reserve your instrument.

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Private lessons can also be arranged in person or via Zoom. Email for more info.

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