Lead Vocals, Guitar, Cavaco, Percussion
Born and raised in Brazilia, Brazil, Papiba landed in Santa Cruz in 1992. As well as teaching Capoeira and founding Raizes do Brasil Capoeira School, his musical talents and dedication to sharing Brazilian... read more
Dandha Da Hora
Lead Vocals, Percussion, Dance
Born and raised in Salvador, Bahia, Dandha has been a member of Ile Aiye, one of Brazil’s most important musical and cultural institutions, since she was 6 years old. She brings the incredible spirit of... read more
Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Percussion, Vocals
Anne Stafford was born and raised in Sonoma County, CA. Anne first started playing saxophone in her Jr. High School Jazz Band, inspired by her teacher, the late jazz trumpet player Frederick J. Coleman.... read more
Drumset, Percussion, Vocals
Gary has been drumming at the forefront of world music in Santa Cruz and the Bay Area for decades and his experience and energy are a constant inspiration. Gary Kehoe was born and raised in Minnesota and... read more
Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, MPC, Percussion, Drumset, Vocals
Will Kahn was born and raised by the ocean in a Northern California artistic commuinty called Bolinas, which is maybe part of the reason he is such a unique person. He combines natural talent with an intense... read more
Marcel brings all the urban energy and inspiration of growing up in Los Angeles, Ca to his music. Marcel was born in Hollywood, Ca and studied music and art at the L.A. Co High School for Arts and continued... read more
The heart of our band is the drum”. Marcio Peeter, a percussionist from Ilê Aiyê, the group known worldwide as the creator of the unique rhythmic style Samba Afro, lends the expertise of his knowledge... read more
Wagner Santos Profeta
Wagner is recognized as an incredible percussionist. Born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, he began to play drums at 9 years old. Wagner studied percussion at the Ile Aiye Cultural Association. He learned to... read more
Bass and Percussion
Also born and raised in Southern CA, bassist Kevin “Pescador” Dorn is dedicated to the groove. Kevin’s love of music and passion for performing continually inspire SambaDá. In addition to the bass guitar,... read more
SAMBADA 2014 and beyond!
Thu, Jan 30th 2014
Dubbed the West Coast’s hottest Brazilian band by promoters, journalists and fans, SambaDá musically unites the Americas. Based in the rich musical traditions of Brazil, SambaDá also references salsa and cumbia, and blends them playfully with funk and reggae beats. Brazilian natives Papiba Godinho and Dandha da Hora bring profound knowledge and respect for Brazilian music, and together with the entire band, they present a unique musical sound with a universal appeal.
SambaDá was formed in 1998 in Santa Cruz, California, by capoeira master Papiba Godinho, saxophonist Anne Stafford, and drummer Gary Kehoe and has gone on to conquer clubs and festivals across the country with its explosive Carnival-like performances. The band is known for its high-energy percussion, danceable grooves and visually dynamic show.
When singer and dancer Dandha da Hora arrived in Santa Cruz from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and joined SambaDá in 2005, she brought the power of her Afro-Brazilian cultural heritage to the band. Dandha has been a performing member of the renowned group Ilê Aiyê of Brazil since she was 6 years old. Ilê Aiyê is one of the most beloved and important Afro Blocos from Bahia, Brazil. It is known all over the world for its music and dance performance and its social activism, fighting racism and promoting education, culture and tradition. Honoring Ilê Aiyê’s legacy as well as their own commitment to a more just world, SambaDá works and plays for social justice, peace and the respect of all cultures and peoples.
Also in 2005, SambaDá crossed paths with Grammy-nominated music producer Greg Landau to create the 2007 release "Salve a Bahia". With “Salve”, the band created a new sound that not only paid homage to folkloric music but also captured the spirit and musical background of each band member and added a modern, funky edge. The recording project and the bands’ live shows also grew from the collaboration with two more talents from Bahia, Brazil, percussionists Marcio Peeter and Wagner Profeta. Marcio and Wagner bring their deep percussive knowledge and groove to the studio albums, as well as to the stage.
Following the success of “Salve a Bahia”, the band collaborated on a second album with Greg Landau, the album "Gente" which was released in the spring of 2010. “Gente” vibrates with the inspiration of the band’s first tour to Brazil in July 2009, and reflects their desire to share their dedication to Brazilian music, with some unique California flavor, with audiences everywhere.
2013 was a great year for SambaDá, as they welcomed 3 new members to the band, Etienne Franc (Chris Rene, OPM, Check in the Dark) on bass, and Senegalese drum master Ibou Ngom (Danjuma, Koumbemba) and Abel Damasceno from Bahia Brazil (Batala San Francisco) on percussion. They had a busy year touring, including headlining the Houston International Festival and playing New Orleans for the first time in April, and returning to Philadelphia and New York City, where they played SOB’s to a packed house at the end of September.
2014 finds the group launching a brand-new album, alongside busy touring schedule. Inspired by recent collaborations and adventures, SambaDá has been busy exploring new dimensions of the music they love, which they are eager to share with fans old and new!