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Week in Bahia: Artist Workshops with Ologundê

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Week in Bahia: Artist Workshops with Ologundê

Time: April 21, 2012 from 1pm to 5pm
Location: Dance Alloy
Street: 5530 Penn Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh
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Phone: 412-491-4959
Event Type: dance, &, percussion, workshop
Organized By: KENIA
Latest Activity: Apr 15, 2012

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Event Description

Dende Macedo and the New York-based Ologundê ensemble will lead two workshops in the rich Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador, Bahia through percussion, dance and martial arts.

Comprised of Brazilians living both in the United States and Brazil, Ologundê includes former members of world-renowned music and dance troupes and is under the direction of noted percussionist Dende from the famed Timbalada band. The ensemble has performed throughout the US since its formation in 2002 and toured Greece as part of the Cultural Olympiad, appearing at the Kalamata Dance Festival and at the Athens Festival at the Acropolis.

WORKSHOP #1: 1:00 p.m  Afro-Brazilian Percussion: students will learn a wide range of rhythms which include traditional Afro-Brazilian rhythms and popular rhythms from Afro-Brazilian percussion groups such as Timbalada, Olodum and Ile Aiye.

WORKSHOP #2: 3:00 p.m. Afro-Brazilian Dance/Capoeira: Students will learn a range of dances including samba, orixa dances, maculêlê and capoeira, the dynamic Afro-Brazilian martial art.

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