Samba Afro & Voice

381/19Samba Afro & Voice

Date and time

Fri. 20.09.2019 10:00 h - Sat. 21.09.2019 18:00 h

Target audience

for middle class


Volker Conrath & Alafin


What did the samba groups of Bahia do before the so-called samba reggae?
Afroblocos like Olodum were founded in the 80s as part of the Blackpower movement in the United States. Musically, they integrated elements of Caribbean and African music and created the varieties we know today. Before that there were the Blocos de Indio (Comanches do Pelo, Apache de Torroro, etc.). Unfortunately, these Blocos no longer exist and their way of playing disappears with the age of this generation of percussionists. Their rhythm is very improvisational and the proximity to the samba from Rio of this time (1970s) is unmistakable. The direct musical ties to the Samba de Roda (declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2006) will be highlighted. This workshop offers the opportunity to experience the samba-typical swing, which is often no longer present in today's games. Samba Reggae adapts to pop music, Samba from Rio is often too fast to experience the swing nowadays. The participants should have enough experience on their instrument.

Instruments: Surdos (Fundos, Dobras or Roller called) Caixas, Repiniques (with one and two sticks), Shaker, Timbas and for the Samba de Roda in addition Agogo, Tamburim, Pandeiro and of course the voice.

Volker Conrath: freelance percussionist from Berlin, first-person Sambista, director of the Bloco Explosão in Berlin (winner of the Carnival of Cultures in Berlin), founder of the Bahia Connection, organizes trips to Brazil, lived and worked in Brazil, plays since 2000 with " Verde e Rosa ", one of the last groups in Salvador still playing the rhythms of the Bloco de Indio. He cares about the preservation and spread of these rhythms.
Marcos Marinho, "Alafin": singer, cavaquinho player, composer, percussionist of Afro Bloco Malệdebalê from Salvador da Bahia