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. Since 2001, he’s been splitting his time between the United States and Bahia, working with his own ensembles.
His flagship group Dendê & Band reflects the cross-section of his deep roots in traditions like samba de roda and Candomblé and his eclectic musical appetite for other global rhythms like rumba, afrobeat, and mbalax. Over the past two decades, Dendê & Band have performed at the Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom, Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, the KW Latinfest in Canada, the Penang World Music Festival in Malaysia, the Kalalu Festival in Saint Lucia, SummerDance and Old Town School in Chicago, the Lincoln Center Atrium in New York City, among many others.
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