Much More than Batucada

Ritmodelia - It's Not Batucada
Ritmodelia

It’s Not Batucada (Ritmodelia, 2010)

European percussion ensemble Ritmodelia has a debut album titled “It’s Not Batucada.” True enough, Ritmodelia is more than a batucada. The ten musicians featured on the album create an impressive collection of percussion pieces that are closer in scope to Mickey Heart’s various percussion master collaborations.

Based in Poland, Ritmodelia presents a wide range of drums and percussion instruments from various cultures, including Brazil, West Africa and Cuba. The band is led by Mikolaj Miki Wielecki who specializes in congas, bata, and other percussion instruments. He is joined by Hubert Zemler on drum set; Wojtek Sobura on drum set; Nikodem Bakowski on bata, congas, timbales, percussion instruments; Jakub Pogorzelski on djembe, dundun, percussion instruments; Milosz Pekala on vibraphone, percussion instruments; Bogusz Wekka on congas, percussion instruments; Magda Kordylasinska on classical percussion, mallet instruments; Jurek Markuszewski on drum set; and Rafael Reif de Paula on pandeiro, tamborim, triangulo and other Brazilian percussion instruments.

Ritmodelia’s ispiring debut album presents a fantastic new percussion orchestra performing captivating global rhythms and jazz improv elements.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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