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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