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,... More >>>