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. Comprised of Brazilians living in the United States , the ensemble includes former members of world-renowned music and dance troupes and is under the direction of master Afro-Brazilian percussionist Dendê Macêdo. The ensemble has performed throughout the US since its formation in 2002 and toured Greece as part of the Cultural Olympiad, appearing at the Kalamata Dance Festival and at the Athens Festival at the Acropolis. 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: As a performance program, all that is needed is an electrical outlet.
Mamadele Productions seeks to educate the public of the diversity and energy found in the culture of Bahia, Brazil with lively music and dance performances.