Ensaiando na Rua
Eduardo Mendonça and Show Brazil! will be conducting a “public drumming and dance rehearsal” . The audience is invited to participate by learning basic Samba dance steps, and Brazilian rhythms played on provided drums, plastic buckets and “tennis ball mallets”.
Eduardo Mendonça, multitalented Brazilian-American recording artist, producer, vocalist, composer and musical arranger, was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Mendonça traces his lineage to a royal African family bearing the hereditary title of Mama-Beka, prophet to the royal court. His grandfather, José Maria de Mendonça, who secretly maintained the Mama-Beka title, is pictured in a rare book, property of the Instituto Geográfico e Histórico da Bahia, which shows the elder Mendonça taking part in a crucial meeting discussing the need for freedom and established social rights for Afro-Brazilian former slaves.