Papiba Godinho

Nascido e criado em Brasilia, Brasil, Papiba veio para Santa Cruz in 1992. Assim como ensinar capoeira e fundar o grupo Raizes do Brasil, seu talento musical e sua vontade de dividir a cultura brasileira... read more

Dandha Da Hora

Filha de Salvador, Bahia, Dandha é dançarina do Ilê Aiyê, uma das mais importantes instituições culturais do Brasil desde os 6 anos de idade. Ela traz consigo as raizes fortes da Bahia e o compromisso... read more

Anne Stafford

Anne nasceu em Sonoma County, CA. Anne começou a tocar saxofone na banda de Jazz de sua escola, inspirada por seu professor, o falecido Frederick J. Coleman musico de jazz, eximio trompetista. Ela estudou... read more

Gary Kehoe

O Baterista Gary vem tocando à frente do cenário de “world music” em Santa Cruz e em toda a California por decadas e sua energia e experiência são inspirações constantes. Gary Kehoe foi nascido e criado... read more

Will Kahn

Do bem escondido, pequenino e pitoresco vilarejo de Bolinas da costa norte da California, vem Will que combina talento artístico natural com determinação e dedicação. Sua entrega total e preciso toque... read more

Marcel Menard

O teor urbano do SambaDá é do percussionista Marcel que traz a energia e inspiração de ter crescido em Los Angeles, CA. Marcel estudou música e artes no Los Angeles School for the Arts e literalmente continua... read more

Marcio Peeter


Wagner Santos Profeta


Kevin Dorn

O baxista Kevin, tambem conhecido como Pescador dado ao seu batismo de capoeira, tambem é californiano. Esse membro da banda é dedicado ao groove; é esse seu amor pela musica, e verdadeira paixão pelo... 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!


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