plus The PHS Jazz Ensemble
Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 8:00 PM PST
(7:00 PM Doors)
Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA
Profits from this show go to benefit the Petaluma High School Music Department! Come down for an AMAZING night of music and good will!
While SambaDa emerged from a Brazilian dance group, founder Papiba Godinho has not let his status of capoeira master dominate the band’s sound. Since the beginning, when some of his students started jamming on their evenings off, the motley members have always brought in their own styles and ideas. The new album features Dandha da Hora, a powerful singer steeped in the life and lessons of samba culture and the Brazilian black pride movement. When Dandha arrived in Santa Cruz, drawn by love from her home in the hills and shanties of Salvador, Brazil, she brought with her an ethos that charges the band’s music with an energy born of veneration.
Growing up with artists, poets, and the intellectually curious, guitarist and drum machine wizard Will Kahn found it natural to mix music from around the tropical world, but mostly reggae, with the passionately laid-back culture of surfing. He is responsible for the tight, intense tsunami of a surf guitar that inflects SambaDa’s Afro-Brazilian dance tunes. That sound rides the crest of a tall wave until it crashes into a turbocharged Jamaican rhythm on “Iguana,” the first track, which also features band member Anne Stafford on saxophone. Anne’s klezmer music roots sidle up alongside the Middle Eastern inflections that Dick Dale first introduced into surf rock.
Dandha da Hora, as the newest member of SambaDa, has brought an ethic to the excitement. Dandha was born in 1975 to a family involved in the founding of Ilê Aiyê, the first exclusively Afro-Brazilian bloco. Blocos organize samba dances with hundreds of drummers for Carnival processions, and Ilê Aiyê is no exception, but the group mainly promotes awareness of and pride in Afro-Brazilian culture.
Will provides the moral of the journey: “If you bring who you are and represent where you come from, people go crazy over it.” The palm of Salvador, planted on Californian soil, has borne SambaDa, a band of its own with something for any crowd. They make music with flexible muscles, ready for action, but tempered by respect for the forces of nature and the love of good friends.