Episode 53 Dudu Fuentes


Master percussionist Eduardo “Dudu” Fuentes is one of Rio de Janeiro’s prolific artists and percussionists. He is currently the bateria director and arranger for the Bloco Vagalume O Verde. As former director and principal arranger of the popular Carnaval bloco, Bangalafumenga, Dudu is recognized for creating percussion arrangements that have breathed new life into Brazilian rhythms. Dudu’s unique style of adapting folkloric Brazilian rhythms like ciranda, côco, maculelê and ijexá for samba bateria instruments has taken him around the world teaching workshops in Europe, Asia and the United States. 

Formerly a member and teacher for the award-winning group, Monobloco, and Batucalacatuca. Dudu currently teaches and arranges for Vagalume Verde. Many of his students from Batuca now play with Vagalume Verde. He also is part of Du Rio, a band created along with other members of Monobloco. When Dudu is not working with his blocos, he parades in the baterias of various Rio samba schools including São Clemente, Imperio Serrano, Portela and most recently Tijuca.

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Episode 52 Kleber Komká founder of Batuque Digital


Kleber Komká, is a musician and percussionist. He has played with some of the great names of Brazilian Popular Music and Brazilian Samba, such as Alcione, the late Beth Carvalho, Danilo Caymmi and many others. He is a Percussionist and director of drums with more than 30 years of parading in the batterias of the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, such as Mocidade Independent, Salgueiro, Beija Flor, Imperatriz, Mangueira, União da Ilha, São Clemente, Rio Grande among others. He is a drum commentator in the broadcasting of the Rio Samba School parades, Radio Gaúcha de Porto Alegre and the Carnavalesco site. One of the creators and owner of the Batuque Digital performance group. He is also a Professor of Percussion and the owner of Espaço Batuque Digital, school of Percussion in Rio de Janeiro.







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Episode 51 Serrinha Raiz



Serrinha grew up in a family of musicians and sambistas that originated in Imperio Serrano and Estacio de Sa’.  Since childhood, he demonstrated interest in various percussion instruments. He participated in “rodas de samba” that had some of the great samba personalities as invitees:  Jorge Aragao, Monarco, Almir Guineto, Luiz Carlos da Vila, and Luiz Melodia, to name some. He has worked as a director of samba school, in the likes of Unidos da Tijuca, Unidos de Padre Miguel, Estacio de Sa, among others.  He is part of the top tier of Samba show group at City of Samba, which brings together the sambistas that are standouts in the Rio (Carioca) Carnaval scene.

He is a professor of percussion at Petrobras, where he is the master of the Impussivi Bloco; a bloco created by officials of the institution.

Currently, he is a musician, playing in groups such as Terreiro do Crioulo (a samba de raiz group) and Batuque Digital. He is a freelance percussionist, he offers personal percussion lessons, and he’s also honorary “godfather”of the Bloco Camaleoes do Vila , in Forteleza.

Since 2009, Serrinha has traveled  across Europe teaching Samba workshops along with his partner, Chris Quade Cuoto from Koln Samba (episode 28). During these years of partnership, they went to countries such as France, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Poland, Germany, Russia, Denmark, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Scotland, Serbia, Portugal and Japan. In 2010, they were invited to conduct a special workshop at the famous Music Conservatory in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

He continues to be a respected and driving force in the Rio Carnaval scene.



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Episode 50 New York Samba School and Brazilian Council on Samba Executive Director Carlos DeOliveira



Carlos DeOliveira also known as Caco, is the founder and Executive Director of New York Samba School and the Brazilian Council on Samba. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, his work as a musician, percussionist, writer, producer and community organizer are manifestations of his lifelong love for Afro-Brazilian culture, its various iterations but particularly Samba.

A musician of extreme versatility, Caco performs in the Samba, Bossa Nova, Forró and Jazz idioms as a sit in and recording musician, event producer, and workshop leader. He has played and produced Brazilian music experiences in iconic New York venues like Cipriani, Griffin, Subrosa, Bonafide Jazz Club, Village Underground, Cielo, and Havana Central. He has also presented at museums and educational institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, El Museo Del Barrio, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Library, Long Island University, Westchester Community College, NYU, Columbia University, and Kings Borough Community College.

In 2015, Caco performed at the Ford Foundation and for the UN, in commemoration of the launch of Global CUFA (Central Única Das Favelas).

In September of 2017, he produced and organized the project, ESQUENTA DO BR DAY, a pre-Brazil Day event for which he directed an ensemble of over 45 percussionists, and other musicians in a festive procession from Times Square to Little Brazil.

Carlos continues to develop community projects and other educational and artistic programming highlighting Brazilian culture. He is currently producing and organizing the Carnaval do Povo Project , scheduled to take place in June of 2019. This project aims toward bringing together adults and youth Latinos, Caribbeans and all organized communities of African descent to celebrate the Solstice, exchange culture and carnival experiences.

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Episode 49 Kahlil Cummings



Kahlil Cummings, a Los Angeles native, is an acclaimed drummer, exceptional performer, composer, and educator. Kahlil was recognized as a child prodigy very early; since childhood, he has played with numerous reputable groups including Ballet Folclórico Do Brasil, Sona Sané, Abalayé, Mila Samba School, Inu Olorun, Debbie Allen Dance Company, Les Amazones, and Viver Brasil. Kahlil honed his rhythmic gifts with noted teachers including Mestre Amen Santo, Jose Ricardo Sousa, Kobla Ladzekpo, Esteban “Cha Cha” Bacallao (Ibae), and Sandy Perez. His studies in Guinea, Brazil and Cuba have helped to widely broaden his knowledge and musical strength. However, he is most profoundly influenced by West African master drummer Mamady Keita, with whom he has studied since the age of 13. Kahlil helped start the group Balandugu Kan, which was sanctioned by Keita as representing “the voice of Balandugu”--- the village where Keita was born. His compositions can be heard on his debut album Iniké Baba, recorded live in Guinea, West Africa.

Kahlil was the musical director for opening numbers for both the NAACP Image Awards and the Choreographers Awards in 2004. Since then, he has performed with several renowned artists such as Janelle Monae (American Idol), Shakira (music video “Waka Waka), and R. Kelly. He recently recorded percussion for Aloe Blacc in a song titled “Let the Games Begin,” which was featured in the movie “Race.” In addition, Kahlil performed with Pharrell Williams and Kendrick Lamar in the 2015 and 2016 Grammy Awards, respectively. His prolific abilities have even taken him as far as Japan, where he produced and recorded music for Takarazuka, an elite Japanese theater ensemble, and for Pomba, a well-known fitness company.

Currently Kahlil plays and tours with international recording artist Rocky Dawuni, and can be heard on the album “Branches of the Same Tree,” which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album of the Year in 2016. He is now the musical director for Viver Brasil, Los Angeles’s premier Afro-Brazilian dance company. His latest musical project, Capofresh, a hypnotic blend of West African, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and hip-hop rhythms fused with an LA sound is due out later this year.

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Coco with Mestre Pitoco
Surdo Sectional with Mestre Ailton
Dance class warm up with Brian Rice on Tabla (What’s the deal with Brian Rice?!?)
Samba de Roda with Mestre Marcio Peeter and Marcus Costa
Tamborim Sectional with Mestre Ailton
Rosangela Silvestre dance class with Jorge Alabe percussion

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Episode 47 Creating a non-profit with Dev Nambi

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Dev’s been playing drums since 1993, in symphonic band, marching band, jazz band, and various musicals. He stopped playing for a few years in his 20’s, a silly decision he hopes you won’t repeat.

Since 2014 Dev has been a musician and organizer in https://vamola.org/, the Seattle drum and dance bloco. He also plays for dance classes around the city.

For the last two years he’s been visiting groups all over the US and Canada. He’s hoping to visit and play with every samba group in North America. You’ll probably recognize him as that guy who shows up for a rehearsal in your town and then disappears for a year.

When he’s not playing music, Dev is a data scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Yep, he’s a giant nerd. For example, this episode isn’t really about music, it’s about paperwork.


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Episode 46 Douglas Jorge, Portela Samba School Bateria Director.


Douglas Jorge is a descendent of samba royalty!

He is the Grandson of Alcides Gregorio, who was one of the founders of Império Serrano Samba School. Alcides Gregorio was also the Império Serrano’s first Bateria Mestre. Douglas is also grand nephew of Mestre Fuleiro, another founder of the Império Serrano. Douglas’ father is Mestre Faísca, who was also Bateria Mestre of the Império Serrano. Douglas is the nephew of the current mestre of Portela, Mestre Nilo Sérgio. He was baptized into the world of samba at the age of 8 by Mestre Marçal (who is also his godfather) in Império Serrano, in a recording for the Video Show program in the quadra of Imério Serrano on Globo TV.

Douglas himself is following in the footsteps of this tremendous family.

Douglas Jorge is currently a director of the bateria at the samba school, Portela. And Douglas is not only involved with samba, he also teaches and plays candomblé, umbanda, and angola traditions. In addition, he assists with various bloco projects around, as well as others. Douglas is also a professional percussionist.

Instagram: @Douglas_jorge90
Facebook contact for lessons: https://www.facebook.com/douglas.jorgell
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Episode 45 Pato Irie from TDot Batu


Pato’ Irie born and raised in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, honed his skills and developed his musical stylings while living in and playing in the birthplace of samba reggae–Salvador, Bahia. In 1997 Pato moved to Chile, where he shared his knowledge of samba reggae for more than 10 years.

And today he has been in Toronto, Canada for 10 years and he is the founder and the leader of the premiere samba reggae band in Toronto, TDot Batu.


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Episode 44 Jakub Škrha from Ritmo Factory in Czech Republic


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Jakub Škrha is a percussionist focusing mainly on Brazilian rhythms and samba. For a year he had lived in Rio de Janeiro, the capital of samba, where he learned rhythms and percussion play with the best Brazilian teachers.

As one of few Europeans and as a sole Czech citizen, he was part of the biggest and most famous carnivals in the world the Rio de Janeiro Carnival. For two consecutive years, he had performed in the bateria (drum orchestra) of samba school Unidos do Viradouro and one year he played with samba school Academicos do Cubango.

Apart from playing and experiencing the inner processes of samba schools in Rio, Jakub studied rhythms and percussion at “Maracatu Brasil – Ritmos Brasileiros e Universais” and at “Escola Portatil da Música – Casa do Choro”. He learned from leading Brazilian percussionists such as Bernardo Aguiar, Gabriel Policarpo, Fabricio Reis, Marcus Suzano, Boka Reis, Waguinho do Repique, Dofono de Omolu, Luiz Augusto, Alexandr Garnizé, Iran Silva and others.

His practice allowed him to found a new samba school called Escola de Samba Brno and to organize samba workshops. He also leads a modern drum show Ritmo Factory combining the power of exotic rhythms with modern sound of electronic dance music.

In his home country of the Czech Republic, he had performed at many concerts and drum shows. He cooperated with prominent Czech musicians like singer Anna K, who he accompanied on percussions during the summer tour of well know Czech festivals in 2017 and 2018. He participated in the Czech House opening during Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games in 2016. For years, he played in drum band TamTam Batucada of Miloš Vacík (for example on Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy). And last but not least he played at the opening ceremony of UEFA finals between Bayern Munich and Chelsea F.C. in Prague´s Eden (2013).





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Episode 43 Tact Hirose

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Tact Hirose is a Japanese musician, composer,producer and bassist. He is also known as a devotee of Brazilian performance art Maracatu, and presides a Maracatu group BAQUEBA in Tokyo. 

While continuing with his international musician's work, he has also aggressively advanced the propagation of Maracatu to various areas in Japan. Since 2013, He has led a citizens Batucada of Maracatu in SUKIYAKI MEETS THE WORLD FESTIVAL that is one of the most famous world music festival in Japan and realized very large-scaled Maracatu parade every year.

He has been a part of the Nação do Maracatu Porto Rico in Recife, Brazil since 2017 and in this summer, he will invite his Maracatu master Mestere Chacon to Japan.

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Episode 42 Mestre Memeu of Olodum

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Mestre Memeu, is a legend in the samba reggae community.

He has been part of olodum for 35 years and leading for 25 of those. He has toured the world playing with Olodum and  teaching workshops. He received the name of MESTRE after the 1st Mestre Neguinho do Samba bestowed him with the title.

He has collaborated with Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Alpha Blondie.  Aside from Olodum, he currently also leads his group, A Banda do Mestre Memeu, where they play his original compositions.

Patricio Martinez, aka Pato Irie is the leader of Tdot Batu, a samba reggae group in Toronto, Canada. Originally from Salvador, he has a love for Bahian music and grew up watching Olodum and the other groups playing in Pelourinho.  He has been leading Tdot Batu for 5 years and prior to that had organized a drumming network throughout Chile, where he live for 10 years.

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Episode 41 Ana Laidley


Ana grew up in the cradle of Samba, Estaçao Primeira de Mangueira, where her
father was a well-respected musician and her mother was one of the first well
known Passistas to perform nationally and internationally.
na has been teaching Samba for some 26 years in the USA. Her classes integrate
traditional and contemporary Samba styles. Her teaching methodology integrates
her life experiences with Samba and her psychology background, providing a
space for people to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Brazilian
culture and reconnect with their body, mind, and soul.
She is the founder of Samba N' Motion and Malandro N' Motion and has
choreographed several pieces that reflect her knowledge and passion for Samba
de Malandro, Gafieira, and the various styles and movements of Samba. She has
developed several workshops and programs and teaches at the Brazilian Cultural
Center in LA and other cultural centers such as the “Casa de Cultura” in Berkeley.
Ana is the co-creator of the International Samba Congress held in Los Angeles.
She recently completed her Doctoral degree in Psychology and her Dissertation
was on Samba and Life: The Dance of Cultural Assimilation and Reconstruction of
Ana also provides consultation for other groups involved with Brazilian events and
collaborates with several organizations and institutions. She is part of the Board of
Directors of BRASARTE in Berkeley.



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Episode 40 Clarissa Altmann


Clarissa Altmann was born in 1975. From 6 to 16 she played Flute, Fanfare, Trumpet, Piano and Guitar. She saw samba for the first time in 2001. Her first “real” Samba-Experience was 2006 a Batucada Masterclass in Germany with Ivo Meirelles from the famous Mangueira samba school. She fell in love with Rio Samba- Batucada & Funk and ended up founding her own Samba Group BATURIM in Summer 2007 which she is still directing.

During the following years she had more Batucada Masterclass Workshops with Átila Gomes (from Imperio Serrano / Vila Isabel) and Nilo Sergio from Portela. She has rehearsed with almost all schools from Grupo Especial in Rio like: Tijuca, Vila Isabel, Mangueira, Salgueiro, Grande Rio, Imperatriz Leopoldinense, & Estácio de Sá. She has paraded with the Tamborim through the Sambodromo since 2013 – almost every year with Alegria da Zona Sul, since 2015 with Portela ( EnsaioTecnico: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nec5knUIF8k) plus 2016 with Tradição.

2017 she stayed 3 months in Rio to rehearse as much as possible, playing shows with Portela for the TV, New Years Eve, and parading with Portela in Carnaval.  That was the year that Portela won. She also did her first parade with Estácio de Sá. Opening ceremony with Tijuca. In 2018 she returned to parade with Portela and Estácio, rehearsing and parading with different blocos.

She is also a Member and one of the Tamborim directors of Bloco X since 2007 ( Samba Batucada players from all over Europe).  

She is also one of the Mestres from Bloco Coração founded 2011 (Samba Groups from Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Poland and guest players/dancers to play shows all over Europe).

Her favorite instrument or her “instrument of the heart” is the Tamborim. She not only plays but teaches several different techniques as well.

She also held the Batucada Workshop with more than 70 participants at the Drum-Festival Drumpoint in Nitra - Slovakia 2015

Travelling through Europe (while she isn't in Rio) to play with samba groups at festivals and carnavals is her favourite Hobby.




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Episode 39 Francisco Marques

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Francisco Marques is a multi-instrumentalist dedicated to the performance, teaching, and study of Brazilian roots music. He is a founding member of Ginga, the director of Grupo Chegando Lá and a member of Sambadendé and the Boulder Samba School.

Born in Sao Paolo, Brazil, he was raised in the Washington DC area and graduated from Colby College in 2000, where he received a BA in Music, with a focus on classical guitar.  Francisco teaches on a variety of instruments, with a focus on Brazilian music and rhythms. Along with guitar, he plays the electric bass guitar, cavaquinho, pandeiro, cuica, repinique, repique de mao, tamborim, caixa, surdo, and tantan.  

Francisco is also a regular faculty member at California Brazil Camp.


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Episode 37 Neil Bost

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Neil Bost graduated from Yucca Valley High School in 2009, where he participated in
the symphonic band and marching band drum line for four years. He graduated from
Humboldt State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in music performance and
music education. Other education includes summer workshops such as the
Explorations in Afro-Cuban Music and Dance workshop, which Neil has taken and
worked for every summer over the past four years. This workshop brought in master
drummers and dancers from Cuba and the United States to teach a week-long intensive
on Afro-Cuban music, dance and culture. California Brazil Camp is another summer
workshop that he has attended for the past five years, which hosts teachers from Brazil
and the US to teach a two week-long workshop on Brazilian music and culture.
In 2013 Neil was hired as musical director of Samba na Chuva, a musical troupe that
specializes in Brazilian styles of music and dance. As musical director he teaches
private and group drum lessons and composes arrangements to be performed in the
group’s annual performances. In 2014 Neil became director of Samba da Alegria
Community Drummers, a project of the Ink People through the non profit group Dance
and Drum in Humboldt, which focuses on community involvement through learning and
playing music. As director Neil teaches weekly drum classes year round as well as
organizes and leads the yearly samba parade of over 200 participants. In addition Neil
develops educational materials for the group such as musical charts, videos and
In spring of 2015 Neil was hired as a substitute teacher for several school districts in
Humboldt County. In fall of 2015 he was hired as an Instructional Aide for Trinidad
Elementary School, where he is an aide for the 8th grade classroom as well as an aide
for the music teacher. He has also been assisting the after school music programs at
both Trinidad and Blue Lake Elementary Schools for the past two years, which includes
group music instruction through use of the steel pan instrument. Neil also assisted two
separate week-long summer drum camps at both of these schools.
Neil has also performed in a multitude of groups on a variety of instruments. Performing
groups that Neil has participated in include sambAmore, a world music fusion group
which has toured extensively throughout the west coast as well as recorded multiple
albums. He also plays with the HSU Calypso Band which specializes in the steel pan
repertoire from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. During his seven years with the
HSU Calypso Band Neil has recorded three albums with the group, one of which
featured him as a soloist, and has had the opportunity to direct the steel band of over 50
people in the director’s absence on multiple occasions. Other groups include Steel
Standing, a small steel band that fused traditional steel pan music with various other
styles, which recorded two albums that featured Neil as a soloist on multiple tracks. He
has also served as Principal Percussionist of the Eureka Symphony since 2015.


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Episode 36 Zachary Himelhoch Samba Nashville

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Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Zachary Himelhoch is a world-percussionist with specialization in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Caribbean styles. Zachary has performed with numerous artists including Chance The Rapper, Denny Jiosa, Andy Narell, Lenny Castro, Etienne Charles, The Cool Kids, Daru Jones, Mark Walker, and Dave Garfield at events throughout the country including The Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Lollapalooza, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival Benefit Concert, Windsor Jazz Festival, and the Syracuse Jazz Festival. Currently, he serves as the house percussionist for Tom Hurst presents The Loud Jamz. 

As a World Percussion Specialist in Metro Nashville Public Schools, Zachary teaches Brazilian, West African, Cuban, and Caribbean percussion to students ranging from Grades 2-12. For the past year, he has taught World Percussion for the Classroom, designed to help teachers integrate world percussion into the classroom setting, as an Adjunct Instructor for VanderCook College of Music.

Studying extensively under the direction of Ruben Alvarez, Skip “Brinquito” Burney, Tom Hipskind, Jarett Hicks, James Coviak, and Al DiBlassio, Zachary received his Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Performance from Columbia College Chicago and his Masters in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music. He has taught clinics and master classes in percussion at a number of venues including the Jim Lee Fine Arts Camp, Columbia College Chicago, Holly Middle School, Mott Community College, Vanderbilt University, VanderCook College of Music, and Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Zachary owns and operates ZJH Percussion, a company providing instructional programs, presentations, and private tutoring in all aspects of world percussion. ZJH Percussion, in collaboration with Columbia College Chicago’s Community Arts Partnership and the Music Institute of Chicago, served Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Parks District for over four years through the provision of culture and music education to underprivileged learners through the Chicago area. ZJH Percussion now serves the greater Nashville area.


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Episode 35 Moyseis Marques


Moyseis Marques is a singer, composer, and guitarist. He began his professional career in 1998 and in the past 18 years of his career he has dedicated himself fully to the rhythms of Brazil, particularly samba, forró, and so-called MPB ("Música Popular Brasileira").

He is a founder of the bands "Casuarina", "Forró na Contramão" and "Tempero Carioca", and in 2001 he began playing frequently in the bars of Lapa -- the bohemian heart of Rio de Janeiro – and participating actively in Lapa's revitalization (along with other leading lights of the Rio music scene). Since then, he has established himself as one of the principal talents of the generation of sambistas that emerged from the resurgence of Lapa. He has released five albums, "Moyseis Marques" (Deck Disc,2007), “Fases do Coração" (Deck Disc 2009), “Pra Desengomar" (Biscoito Fino 2012), “Casual Solo" (Fina Flor, 2014) and "Made in Brasil" (Sarau, 2015),

His repertoire of original compositions includes partnerships with a litany of Brazil's best known musical poets, from both the "old school" and the "new school." He is a partner of luminaries such as Aldir Blanc, Edu Krieger, Nei Lopes, Moacyr Luz, Zé Paulo Becker, Alfredo Del -Penho, Joyce Moreno, Ivan Lins, Zé Renato, Khrystal , Socorro Lira, Pedro Luís, João Cavalcanti, Vidal Assis, João Martins and Yamandu Costa among many others.

He has received nominations for Best Album and Best Singer  in two consecutive years in the National Prize of Brazilian Music, was the star of the musical "Ópera do Malandro" (staged by João Falcão, that debuted at Rio's Municipal Theatre in 2015), and has a long list of shows and recordings to his name all over Brazil, the US, and Europe. He has shared the stage with a "who's who" of Brazilian music, including Chico Buarque, Arlindo Cruz, Paulinho da Viola, Martinho da Vila, Beth Carvalho, Moraes Moreira and Luiz Melodia.

Moyseis is also a long-time California Brazil Camp faculty member.

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