Afro-Brazilian Percussion Classes

Learn to play Afro-Brazilian percussion on timbau, caixa, surdo, pandeiro, bacurinha and tamborim first hand with a former member of Timbalada! Dendê will teach you the original rhythms and breaks from bands like Timbalada, Ilê Aiyê and Olodum, as well as traditional rhythms from samba de roda and candomble. Each class will include proper technique, exercises, tuning and maintenance, call and response, improvisations and soloing.

Sunday Series - Extended!
March 10, 24, 31 and April 7 from 2-3:30pm (no class March 17th)
Wissahickon Dance Academy
38 East Schoolhouse Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144


About Dendê

Dendê Macêdo 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. Since 2001, he’s been developing his solo career, splitting his time between the US and Bahia and working with his folkloric group Ologundê and his flagship band Dendê & Band.

Dendê & Band have recently performed at venues such as the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles; the KW Latinfest in Ontario, Canada; the Penang World Music Festival in Malaysia; Summerdance in Chicago and the Chile Pepper Fiesta at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

His folkloric group Ologundê has performed at major performing arts centers and festivals throughout the US and toured Greece as part of the Cultural Olympiad, appearing at the Kalamata Dance Festival and at the Athens Festival at the Acropolis.

He has provided workshops, clinics and residency programs throughout the US and Brazil at such esteemed institutions as Lincoln Center, the Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music and the Peabody Conservatory among many others. Dendê currently teaches regularly in the Philadelphia area.

Dendê endorses Latin Percussion© and recently developed the RAW Series Trash Snare in collaboration with them.