Brazilian percussionist Dendê is a native of Salvador, Bahia, where African influences are strongest and dozens of intoxicating rhythms seem to sprout from the cobblestones of historic neighborhoods like Pelourinho. When he was 14, Dendê joined Timbalada, the innovative Afro-Brazilian percussion ensemble founded by Carlinhos Brown, but eventually set off on his own, for the last decade splitting time between Bahia and New York while leading several groups. The band that will accompany him here was named Hãhãhães, after an indigenous tribe, when they recorded Bahia de Todos os Santos, a bustling cauldron of axé, samba, and other Brazilian styles seamlessly integrated with funk, jazz, Afrobeat, and reggae. Dendê writes about the orixás of Candomblé, poverty, the displacement of indigenous people in the Amazon, capoeira, love, and more lighthearted fare like eating too much chicken, while sinuous beats slip and slide, a trumpet cuts across a samba-reggae hitch, or a guitar solo floats over a bubbling bossa — all invoking the spirit of Bahia.
Sun., June 10, 7 p.m., 2012