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 Santa Cruz, California by Papiba Godinho, saxophonist Anne Stafford and drummer Gary Kehoe, conquering clubs and festivals across the country with their explosive Carnival-like performances. The band is known for its high-energy percussion, danceable grooves and visually dynamic show.
For over fifteen years, SambaDá has been mixing contemporary sounds with the roots of Brazilian culture. Papiba (cavaco, guitar, percussion, vocals) is a master of Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art form that draws on music and acrobatic movements. Dandha (percussion, vocals) was born into the carnival group Ile Aiye and started her dancing career at age 6. The other members of SambaDá come from a wide range of styles, generations and sensibilities.