Dendê & Band
Percussionist, singer, composer, bandleader, teacher, and multi-instrumentalist, Dendê has been a professional musician since the age of 14, when he appeared in the frontline of Timbalada, Carlinhos Brown’s superstar percussion ensemble. Since 2001, he’s been splitting his time between New York and Bahia, and has played with Mongo Santamaria, Giovanni Hidalgo, Zakir Hussain, David Bryne, and Vinicius Cantuária. His own bands include the folkloric music and dance troupe Ologundê, the acoustic Samba de Três, and Arrastão do Dendê, a traditional Afro bloco (samba party band), but it’s as leader and principal songwriter of his flagship band that Dendê has made his greatest impact.
The band, formerly called Hãhãhães, has been packing clubs and festivals up and down the East Coast and internationally for the past five years, most notably at Lincoln Center (the Atrium), the Kennedy Center (Millennium Stage), the Lake Eden Arts Festival in North Carolina, the Kalalu Festival in Saint Lucia, Joe’s Pub in New York, World Café Live and Johnny D’s in Boston.
Combining Brazil’s rhythm-heavy music with the grooves of afrobeat, reggae, merengue, and other rhythms from around the world, their debut album, Bahia De Todos Os Santos, showcases the band’s sizzling showmanship and versatility.
A former member of Timbalada, Dendê has been performing professionally since the age of 14. With Timbalada, Dende toured all over Brazil, Europe and Asia, and performed and recorded with such artists as Marisa Monte, Gilberto Gil, Carlinhos Brown, Ivete Sangalo and Sepultura. Having left Brazil in 2001, Dende now lives in New York, performing and recording with his groups as well as with artists such as Mongo Santamaria, Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hidalgo, David Byrne, Melvin Gibbs, Adam Rudolph, Jerry Gonzales, Daniel Moreno, Alessandra Belloni, Tico da Costa and Vinicius Cantuaria. Dende also teaches Afro-Brazilian percussion in the New York City area.
“Their sinuous jams ought to delight fans of Afrobeat and psych-tinged funk.” —Time Out New York
“Dendê, from Brazil, merged a strutting beat and annunciatory salvos . . .”
— New York Times
“. . . an expert amalgamation of Afro-Brazilian and Cuban rhythms.”
Ellen Azorin, President
Cantaloupe Music Productions, Inc.
Dende & Band: Sentimento at Joe’s Pub
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