- FREE; no reservations
Please note: concertgoers must show a date-of-concert Skirball parking stub, Metro pass, or taxi receipt for concert admission.
Since the Skirball is located in the hills, evening temperatures are typically 5-10 degrees cooler than in the city or valley. Please plan and dress accordingly!
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Afro-Brazilian Dendê & Band combine Brazil’s rhythm-heavy music with the grooves of Afrobeat, reggae, and merengue. Led by master percussionist and singer Dendê, the band’s joyous, upbeat live shows exude sizzling showmanship and versatility.
Dendê has been a professional musician since the age of fourteen, when he appeared in the frontline of Timbalada, Carlinhos Brown’s superstar percussion ensemble. Since 2001, he has played with Mongo Santamaria, David Byrne, and Vinicius Cantuária. His own bands include the folkloric music and dance troupe Ologundê, the acoustic Samba de Três, and Arrastão do Dendê.
A guaranteed full night on the dance floor!
“The band grounds lighthearted melodies and reflective vocals in an expert amalgamation of Afro-Brazilian and Cuban rhythms.”—Flavorpill
Also, for this concert only, KCRW's Jeremy Sole will spin records in the courtyard prior to the performance from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Listen to Dendê and Band performing “Mamiko”:
Watch a video clip of Dendê and Band performing “Canto de Ossanha” at Joe's Pub in New York: