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The new lightweight dobras from Izzo have landed! Bahia Light - Linha Leve: new in and fresh from Brazil - ultra-light Samba Reggae / Afro Samba surdos for authentic beats. No more aches and pains and heavy carrying, dance your choreography like a pro and enjoy fab sound qualities - this is how we love Samba!


An old luthier tradition from Portugal is cultivated by this family business: APC stands for made in Portugal and build our new cavaquinho line. A simple acoustic model starts at just over a 100€. Have you always wanted to learn how to play cavaquinho?


The repinique of your dreams is finally here: special features are the flattened rim and the black shiny superior head. Breathtaking sound and strong design. Available in wood (!) and aluminium. Fat beats for repinique pros!


Lovely & light-weight, artisanal alfaias with top sound and typical northeast style ornaments made with loving details by a small company in Portugal. We are happy to welcome Buriti's bumbos de Maracatu in our north-east percussion range.


Crispy, smacky sound and full volume just like the big ones at just 80cm - the new compact size is right on trend! Sounds good? We think so, too! New and online now: the special designs by Timbra Top Percussion are also available in 80cm compact size.


Ivsom's chocalho acústico has been given a fresh make-over: new and above all it has a lighter design, better handles and of course it kept its original Rio style sound. Authentic carioca instrument!


14" x 80cm Timbals - our new intermediate size. Sounds like a compromise, but it's not! For timbaleiros who don't want to make any sacrifices with sound! Compact with the same diameter, full sound quality with less weight, check it out!


Finally online - our great music vids we made in Artcelsior's factory in Rio! We had a great session with the lovely guys from Sambaí who kindly played a whole load of Samba instruments for our recordings!


A short trip to Ivson's instrument manufactory in Rio leaves us with itchy feet. The brand IVSOM is internationally known, German TV shows where the instruments come from and who actually invents and builds them!


Maracatu é trovão - Maracatu is thunder! 22" alfaias at a special price - goose bumps mega bass for your Maracatu group! The massive sounds of large alfaias will make the earth tremble under your feet!


Hand-welded agogo with 4 bells by Kalango!
Tuned to pretty intervals, each one hand crafted, rustical look - unique instruments with strong sound!


Sambatrend & News from Rio for caixa players! Brandnew invention by IVSOM - a caixa with 6 strings on the batter head and 6 more on the inside of the resonance head - extra dry and massive sound for Rio style Samba!

Carlinhos Brown Signature Line

The Carlinhos Brown Signature Line is a real masterpiece! Design timbals and bacurinhas with fantastic sound - an eyecatchers for stage gigs - Bahia Style with visual delight!

IVSOM in Coburg with Kalango !

We are absolutely thrilled to be able to introduce one of Rio’s best known manufacturers of Samba Percussion instruments to the European audience of this years Coburg Samba Festival. The authentic sound and look of IVSOM instruments has been a successfully growing part of Kalango’s percussion assortment in the past few years. IVSOM is an active part of Rio’s Samba community, playing caixa at the famous Samba school Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel. As Sambista and craftsman IVSOM has the knowledge and feeling it takes to make first class Rio Samba percussion. He will be at the Kalango stand open for any kind of questions or input. It’s his first time in Europe, please give him a warm welcome!


We have finally managed to find a workshop for beautiful looking and sounding Atabaques:  Tião do Atabaque from Rio de Janeiro manufacters  drums in the traditional manner with sturdy hardwood and beautiful best choice goatskin heads.

We are offering the Atabaques in the 3 traditional sizes: Lê ( 90 cm high, 9″ diameter ), Rumpi ( 100 cm high, 10″ diameter ), and Rum ( 120 cm high, 12″ diameter ). Tension hooks enable it to easily tune the drums as high as you prefer. An additional goody is the Rumpi with a tradional rope tuning system as alternative.

Every Atabaque comes with a simple round steel stand.

Enjoy playing and hearing the typical Capoeira rhythmes, the ritual Candomblé or Umbanda Toques, or the the wild grooves of the Samba de Roda with these absolutely authentic drums!

Timbra - Top Percussion made in Brazil

TIMBRA is the name of a brandnew percussion line that the brazilian manufacturer IZZO will be presenting at the Musikmesse Frankfurt this year. The modern design and top

quality of the entire range of samba percussion instruments ( Surdo, Pandeiro, Timbal, Repenique, Caixa and Cuica) is a real eyecatcher!

The standards for these instruments have been set up together with top musicians, like Rumpilezz and Chiclete com Banana from Salvador/Bahia.

They not only took influence on the developement of the instruments, they also put the prototypes to the acid test. The result of this absolutely professional

liaison are for example 90cm high Timbals in wood and aluminium which are all equiped with 16 tension hooks for high tuning! Of course this grade of perfection

will surely demand an adequate price but on the other hand these instruments seem to be very promising.

Size doesn´t matter?

when talking in terms of Samba, it sure does! A large or small head, a thick or thin grip are an essential issue when looking for the perfect surdo beater! We have developed a special Dobra beater with a smaller head and a thinner aluminium handle. The beater is lighter and has an excellent balance. The especially hard head provides a really sharp attack, – so give them a test and get rocking…

New product line by Artcelsior

In the past we have offered Artcelsior caixas and repeniques in 2 different product lines:  one version with aluminium shell and chromed tension rods and rims, and as alternative all in zinced steel. Two options with very different sound characteristics ( steel shells produce a significant dry sound!) and therefore an important part of our assortement. Since instruments with a steel shell are are much heavier we offer surdos only with an aluminium body and chromed steel hardware.

Chrome plating has become so expensive in the past few years that instruments with chrome plated hardware have more or less disappeared from the brazilian market. In order to be able to offer Artcelsior instruments for reasonable prices in the future, we have decided to follow this trend and from now on can supply not only caixa and repinique with zinced hardware, but also all sizes of surdos.