Artist: Mamadele Productions
Dance & Music
Program Description: This performance and workshop program, by renowned percussionist Dendê Macêdo, uses instruments he made from found materials to deliver a message about protecting our environment through reuse and recycling. The obvious connection to sustainable practice was an element that he began to incorporate into his performances in order to be able to transmit an important message about our environment. The conduit for this message is a wacky performance on a bunch of wild looking instruments that make some interesting and distinctive sounds.
Length of Program: 45-60 minutes
Program Description: The US-based Ologunde ensemble celebrates the rich Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador, Bahia through a diverse repertoire of music, dance and martial arts. The group performs a diverse repertoire which includes the rituals associated with candomblé, a synthesis of the Yoruba and Catholic religions in which various orixás (gods) are invoked and the exhilarating samba de roda, which can be traced back to the semba of Angola. Its performances can be tailored to fit a specific venue or event.
Length of Program: 45-60 Minutes
Venue Requirements: Electrical outlet, extension cord, water.
Dendê Macêdo is a percussionist, singer, composer, bandleader, teacher, and multi-instrumentalist.
He has provided workshops, clinics and residency programs throughout the US and Brazil at such esteemed institutions as Lincoln Center, the Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music and the Peabody Conservatory among many others. Dendê currently teaches regularly in the Philadelphia area.