Members of Didá in Residence at UT
Posted: March 4, 2008
World-renowned Brazilian percussionists Neguinho do Samba and Víviam de Jesus Queirós will participate in a unique residency at The University of Texas at Austin. The residency, organized by LLILAS Outreach, will highlight the work of Didá Educational and Cultural Association of Salvador, Brazil.
Between March 19 and April 5, 2008, Neguinho and Víviam will lead percussion workshops and master-classes for university students as well as a variety of activities open to the public, including film screenings and Brazilian percussion workshops. The capstone event for the residency will be a teacher workshop and public symposium that will examine issues of race, gender, education, and poverty in Brazil. The residency also will include the opening of a photo exhibition entitled “Olhar de tambor/The Drum’s View” to be housed at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center.
Didá Educational and Cultural Association is a not-for-profit organization that offers free educational activities with a foundation in popular forms of art created and maintained by Africans and their descendants. Its primary objective is the education of women and children through the arts. In addition to its educational offerings, the organization also sponsors Banda Didá, an all-female Afro-reggae band that has performed with such Brazilian luminaries as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Daniela Mercury. Didá is a Yoruba word meaning “power of creation.”
LLILAS Outreach Director Natalie Arsenault explains: “At the heart of Didá is the drum, and the music, culture, and history it evokes. Through Neguinho and Víviam’s visit, we hope to draw attention to the important work that Didá is doing to empower themselves and their community through the performing arts.”
For more information on the UT-Didá Project, contact Natalie Arsenault at 512.232.2404.