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A musical and cultural journey to the northeast of Brazil for all fans of Afro Beats and Samba Reggae! All interested Brazilian percussionists are invited to join this Bahia Connection event for two or even three weeks in the wonderful pre-carnival buzz.
Authentic Afro Samba from Salvador da Bahia with Mestre César Veloso (former Mestre of Malê Debalê), workshop in Berlin on October 1st, 2022, private bookings for groups, blocos and schools are welcome. Register now!

Pandeiro with paper skin - vegan!

A vegan pandeiro completely made of recycled materials in hand-made quality? Yup, you read that right! New in our artisan pandeiro range is Vagner Oliveira's pandeiro made of 100% recycled materials - with paper skin - vegan!

Carabassamba Festival Mallorca 2022

Returning after a long break - the Carabassamba Festival features a terrific selection of Samba de Enredo, Samba Reggae and Samba no Pé workshops, shows, concerts and island feeling. As usual, the islander hosts enchant with their small but excellent programme and selected guest mestres.

Shhhh - Silent Pandeiros

Silent instruments can really help improve your skills and give you the freedom to practise at any time of the day without getting in your neighbours' way, bothering family members or waking up small children. Contemporanea's silent samba practice instruments are a hit.
20 years of Marafoxé Nação Nagô! A fusion style of Maracatu and Afoxé, which Juninho Quebradera transformed into an exciting project in the favela Ilha de Joaneiro. A story that reaches from Recife to Berlin and doesn't stop there. The anniversary will be celebrated on 3.9. in Berlin.

Samba Festival Nijmegen 2022

Nijmegen welcomes you to their Samba Festival with international guests to celebrate their workshop weekend & play samba with groups and popular mestres from Europe. Meet old friends and make new ones, Samba non-stop & good vibes!
The 1st samba festival in Austria! The ever-cheerful and energetic Austrian samba scene invites you to the quaint town of Hartberg in Eastern Styria for a diverse encontro of Brazilian music sessions, dance, parade and loads of Samba Batucada, star guest from Rio!

Coburg Samba Festival 2022

30 years Coburg Samba Festival - congratulations! After a long break, this year's Samba Festival returns to the heart of Coburg with international bands and guests from Germany, all of Europe and Brazil. This year you will unfortunately have to manage without our Kalango stall.

+KSamba Festival Mallorca 2022

And a very Happy Birthday to the Sandungueros! The hosts of the 8th +KSamba Festival in Mallorca are turning 20. A delightful Samba festival in the heart of Mallorca, nestled in the narrow streets of Lloseta, drum feel like at the Pelourinho!

10 years MEGASAMBA Sesimbra 2022

Literally Mega - hundreds of ritmistas and passistas meet at the end of July for one of Europe's top Samba highlights. Not far from Lisbon and right on the shoreline of Sesimbra with magnificent beaches and the mighty Atlantic Ocean - massive, crazy, beautiful!
DuettO: Level up your repinique playing and learn from the pros! Lucas and Hebert are the ultimative killer duo on the repinique. After a longer break, they are finally touring Europe again! You can book them for a workshop between 13.6.-6.8.2022.
Many instruments from Izzo and Timbra are now available again, a massive container has just arrived, everything is already online for you! If you have lost your heart to an instrument that is not in stock, another delivery will be coming in very shortly.

Just in - new Gope delivery

Gope instruments now back in stock. After a long wait with ongoing supply gaps and transport shortages in Brazil, our much-awaited instrument delivery from GOPE has finally arrived! We've been busy all week registering the new drums in our warehouse, now everything is online for you!

New Samba Deals Now Online

New & exciting Brazil percussion deals just went online! Samba drums, accessories and hot deals for sambistas across all styles, get yourself and your drums ready for spring time / festival season!
New delivery of beautiful bumbos de Maractu just arrived! The handmade alfaias from Portuguese artisan Buriti are lovingly crafted in detail and available in 3 different wood tones. Authentic thunder sound for your maracatu!

Wooden surdo tripod

Our lightweight, foldable, super-functional tripod made from sustainable and recycable materials. Our new alternative to aluminium surdo stands comes in three sizes with anti-slip surface and floor protectors. Fast to set up and pack away, packs down small and weighs next to nothing.
Ever wanted to learn from a total Samba pro from Rio? Gabriel Lopes (Monobloco) is touring Europe from April to June 2022 offering 2 different workshops. All levels are welcome, Gabriel will find plenty of fabulous Samba input to enhance your group performance. Save the date!

Feliz Festa de Yemanjá

The Festa de Iemanjá is one of Salvador's most important summer celebrations. Every year on February 2nd, the beaches of Praia Vermelha in Salvador da Bahia turn into a ceremonial celebration area where offerings are made and much music is played. Read more about this tradition in our article.

Samba Reggae Caixas by Ivsom

Samba Reggae players can now finally also get a taste of Ivsom instruments. The caixa player from Rio has long made a name for himself in the Samba scene with his unique designs and high-quality drums. Now he has launched two fabulous caixa options for the Samba Reggae community.
19.2.-6.3.'22 - For the first time, there will be a Bahia Connection workshop on Tenerife. The musical journey under mestre Volker Conrath (Bloco Explosão Berlin, Bahia Connection Germany) includes a 5-day course with public performances and a visit to the legendary carnival in Santa Cruz. Register now!

Happy Samba Day 2021

Happy Samba Day to all sambistas around the world 2.12.2021! Did you know that Brazilian Samba de Roda was included in the Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO in 2005? And did you know that the idea of this day goes back to 1963? Read more about the Dia Nacional do Samba.
Fresh from Brazil and now available online! The new PRO LEVE Pandeiro from Contemporânea with clear nylon head and formica frame. Funky sounds for modern and classic styles, light synthetic head pandeiro with dry sound characteristics.
Samba heads with your band logo now in even better quality! We print custom heads individually according to your graphic specifications and in top quality, photo-realistic and brilliant colours. The visual kick for your bateria - authentic look like in Rio.

Pandeiro Intensive Workshop with Dudu Tucci

5-7.11.2021 For pandeiro fans or those who want to become one - workshop weekend in Berlin with Dudu Tucci: learn modern and traditional techniques, e.g. mixing samba or baião with funk, transferring Maracatu rhythms to the pandeiro or developing new grooves.

Pizzott Artisan Pandeiros

News from our top pandeiro range: Pizzott has released a flat rim pandeiro in a fab 10,5 inch intermediate size. And: his long-standing Choro pandeiro in 10" has received a contemporary update straight into our ultra light weight range. More about our pandeiro top league...
Silent instruments really took off during the pandemic - not surprising with no rehearsals or gigs going on. But what can these practice instruments really do? We have 6+ good reasons for you why a silent instrument is a great piece of Samba gear to have, even after the lockdowns.

Linha Estudo Silent Samba Instruments

Available shortly: The new Linha Estudo silent instruments series with 4 well-designed practice instruments by Contemporânea. Silent gear for Samba percussion is very much en vogue right now - and rightly so!

Sambasyndrom Berlin 2021

Finally, light on the festival horizon! The SaSy Berlin confidently invites the European Samba scene to celebrate its 1/4-century anniversary in Berlin. A whole weekend with a wide range of outstanding workshops and concerts - sadly also their final edition.
Freiburg frame drum festival! Once again, the Tamburi Mundi 2021 is hosting top-class workshops with instructors from all over the world, all friends of frame drums (including the Brazilian pandeiro!) are very welcome to take part.

My drumhead is creased - is that normal?

We sometimes receive concerned emails from sambistas asking about the gap in the rim of their drumhead and the creases around the edge. "Is this gap normal or is my drumhead faulty? A production defect? Does it affect the sound?" Read here why your drum head is fine.
Handmade in a small workshop in the hinterland of Pernambuco. Biano Pajeú's new collection of simply stunning shekerés has just arrived, light nets in macrame braiding, pyrographic patterns and funky colors - unique pieces with an excellent sound.
New delivery in! Lili Nascimento - cavaquinho player and musician from São Paulo / Paris has tested the 3 APC models Basico, Pro and Lutier. Even the simple Basico Acustico for just over a hundred euros did really well! Watch the clip!
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