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

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and 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. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.