SambaDá is one of the hottest emerging groups on the West Coast music scene, with their mixture of hard hitting dance music and exceptional live show earning them main stage slots at most of the major California music festivals this year. In February, SambaDá headlined the 3 biggest carnival parties in California, in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. They were a featured band in the San Francisco Carnival held in May, and have played main stage slots at the Harmony Festival, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Whole Earth Festival. Most recently they headlined the Salem World Beat Festival, where they wowed more than 6000 people.
In September 2006, SambaDá turned heads with the release of the album "Salve a Bahia", a celebration of the Afro-Brazilian roots and cross-cultural collaboration. After nearly a decade of mixing musical backgrounds and influences, a new sound had emerged that truly separated SambaDá from any other act in the world. With one foot firmly rooted in California, and another in the deep cultural traditions of Brazil, SambaDá serves up non-stop percussion driven dance music that leaves people dripping wet and calling for more.
A mix of samba, capoeira music, funk, reggae and hip hop, the album is the product of their collaboration with 3 time Grammy-nominated producer Greg Landau, who has worked with artists including Susana Baca, Patato Valdes, Maldita Vecindad and Buena Vista Social Club's Juan de Marcos Gonzalez. This new CD features vocalist, percussionist & dancer Dandha da Hora, a native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and a long-time member and performer with Il? Aiy?. Salve a Bahia features original music by bandleader & capoeira mestre Papiba Godinho (also of Brazil) and a guest appearance by Ozomatli's Wil-Dog Abers.
While Brazilin natives Papiba Godinho and Dandha da Hora bring their profound knowledge and respect for the roots of afro-brazilian song and dance, the entire band has developed a type of samba-reggae-funk with a universal appeal. SambaDá musically unites the Americas, drawing from percussion based styles of South and Central America, and blends it with that good old funk and reggae back beat so familiar to crowds of North America.
SambaDa's tunes are playful, vital, and energetic: they make you dance and they make you sing, they are both intimate and exuberant. SambaDá delivers a polished show, whether acoustic on the beach, or at full volume on stage, which is guaranteed to inspire dancing feet and smiling faces.