Bahia’s Drumming Life

Carlinhos Brown

Carlinhos Brown
– World Music Portraits
(Shanachie, 2004)

is a fascinating musician and composer. He grew up in an impoverished
part of Bahia, the Candeal bairro. On this DVD, Carlinhos retraces his roots and
introduces the viewers to the vibrant life in his former neighborhood. He joins
women singing Afro-Brazilian chants and later details show he learned drums. His
mentor was Pintado do Bongo, a pioneer in using drum sticks when playing bongos.

Recycling is an essential part for musicians who can’t afford expensive
musical instruments. From tin cans, young and old have created fabulous
percussion instruments.
shows several groups, like the talented children who play tin cans and the men
of the spectacular drumming group Timbalada, who have become stars in Brazil.

The mesmerizing documentary also includes one clip from a concert by
in Bahia. The rhythm orgy, combining numerous drums and electric instruments, is
clearly spectacular and it shows how far the native of Bahia has taken his love
for drumming.


World Music Portrait: Carlinhos Brown