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"It's nearly impossible not to immediately fall head over heals for samba music-the sound is so bright and delicious you'd have to be a lobotomized chimp not to feel moved by it...and while the members of SambaDá may be old hands at club gigs, they aren't simply another Caribbean cruise ship attraction for the tourists. When they brought out the drum line to back up the dancers from "Leva Samba Dance Co.", they worked a few hip-hop beats into the mix."
- David Espinoza, Good Times of Santa Cruz, Ca.

A SambaDa show is no ordinary concert. It is an immersion into Brazilian culture of the past and present. Percussion sounds of every pitch guide people in time with the addictive rhythm. The rumbling samba beat resounds liked a train going by. The women of the Fusao Dance Company, clad in ornate showgirl costumes patterned after those seen at Brazil's yearly Carnaval, stomp their way through the crowd. Others perform a mysterious acrobatic dance, called capoeria, a Brazilian martial arts form. An army of musicians, equipped with every drum and percussion instrument imaginable, leads the way for the arrival of this temporary microcosm of song and dance, and people dress to kill as they flow across the floor to the sultry rhythms of Afro-Brazilian samba. - Santa Cruz Guide


While Brazilian natives Papiba Godinho and Dandha da Hora bring their profound knowledge and respect for the roots of afro-brazilian song and dance, the entire band has developed a type of samba-reggae-funk with a universal appeal. SambaDa musically unites the Americas, drawing from percussion based styles of South and Central America, and blends it with that good old funk and reggae back beat so familiar to crowds of North America.

For over ten years, SambaDa has been mixing contemporary sounds with the roots of brazilian culture. Papiba is a master of Capoeira, an Afro Brazilian martial art form created by Brazilian slaves, which draws on music and acrobatic movements. Dandha was born into the rich Afro Brazilian traditions of Salvador, Bahia and the Carnival Group Ile Aiye, and started her dancing career at age 6. Ile Aiye has been in the forefront of Civil Rights in Brazil, promoting equality and justice, and is widely recognized as the first Afro Brazilian BLOCO or group to perform in Brazil's notorious Carnival celebrations.

The other members of SambaDá come from a wide range of styles, generations and sensibilities. What unites this band from such diverse backgrounds is a magic that can be felt by both the band and the audience. SambaDá brings joy to each performance, which are always directing people to the dance floor!!

Papiba Godinho- Lead vocals, guitar, cavaco, percussion
Dandha Da Hora- Lead vocals, percussion, dance
Anne Stafford- Saxophone, flute, clarinet
Gary Kehoe- Drum set, percusssion, vocals
Kevin Dorn- Bass, percussion
Marcel Menard- Percussion, vocals
Will Kahn- Percussion, drum set, electric guitar, vocals



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