OLODUM

OLODUM

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The heartbeat of Bahia, the famous drummers from the Pelourinho, the historic centre of Salvador. Most people acquainted with Brazilian music will recognize the powerful drumming of OLODUM, characterized by their vibrant drums, hand-painted in the colours of Africa. http://olodum.uol.com.br/

Biography

Founded in 1979 by former members of a carnival band from Salvador, Olodum is currently a cultural group, registered as a Non-Governmental Organization which develops cultural/education projects. The group made its debut during the 1980 carnival, gathered over 2,000 members and started focusing on historic themes related to Afro-Brazilian roots. The group's first LP, "Egito, Madagascar", was recorded in 1987, and the track "Faraó" became a huge hit in Bahia. Soon, Oludum's reputation as an Afro-Brazilian percussion group grew and they toured Europe, Japan and South America.
In 1990, the group reached international success for having recorded the track "The Obvious Child", on Paul Simon's album, "The Rhythm of the Saints". In 1995 recorded the video clip of Michael Jackson´s “They don´t care about us” . These videoclips of the songs had been recorded in the district of Pelourinho, in Salvador, Bahia, and had been exhibited in more than one hundred countries. In the last years, Olodum recorded with famous musicians like Wayne Shorter, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Cliff, Herbie Hancock and Caetano Veloso, promoting its special blend of rhythmic elements which include African beats, reggae, samba and Latin rhythms.

OLODUM is not only a band, but also NGO, active and engaged in many social and educational projects. Their name is an abbreviation of Olodumaré, the Yoruba expression for god of all gods. A language that is much alive in the African Diaspora of Bahia and the religion of Candomblé. The group has served as a backbone for the Black community in Salvador and throughout Bahia and is a crucial part of the Black Movement “movimento Negro” in Brasil. Through their organization they seek to recover the roots, value and preservation of the Black culture and stand up against racism. Situated right in the historic centre of Salvador, Pelourinho, it was much through OLODUM´s initiative that the once rotten down district has been restored and counts nowadays to the main tourist attractions of Salvador. It is there that OLODUM is seated in a pink house, with administrative offices and store selling T-Shirts and other OLODUM stamped items.
Everybody that has been to Salvador has passed by the office or the show area of OLODUM, which institutionalised its rehearsal concert on Tuesdays. The band is just one part of the whole Organization lead by its charismatic and determined president João Jorge Santos Rodrigues. Freedom, human rights, equal opportunities, peace, love, liberty, education, respect and fight against social injustice and racism are just some of the keywords in connection with the organization that will also reflect in the lyrics of the band OLODUM.
70% of the direct income from the bands concerts go to the musicians and singers and 30% are used for other youth and kids related activities throughout the year, like education in the field of history, English, handcraft, percussion or alike.
Besides taking care of their career, Olodum is also engaged in several social movements against racism and pro-human rights.

Discography

2007 – OLODUM 25 ANOS – Concertone - Italy http://www.concertone.it/
2006 – OLODUM 30 ANOS - Warner Music BR
2005 – OLODUM 25 ANOS (DVD) - Som Livre / Globo Video – TV Globo
2005 – OLODUM 25 ANOS DE SAMBA REGGAE - RE Music
2004 – BEST OF OLODUM - WEA International
2003 - PELA VIDA Cheiro Produções / Abril Music - BR
2003 – LATIN ESSENTIALS, VOL. 7 – OLODUM
WEA Latina - USA
2002 – BRASIL PENTA
2002 - BERIMBAU
2001 – 25 ANOS - Warner Music Germany
1999 - A MÚSICA DO OLODUM 20 ANOS
-Sony Music / Columbia BR and USA feat. Jimmy Cliff
2000 – ENCICLOPÉDIA DA MÚSICA BRASILEIRA - OLODUM
1999 - POPULARIDADE
1997 - LIBERDADE - Warner Music BR
1996 – OLODUM – EDIÇÃO DE NATAL - Warner Music BR
1996 - ROMA NEGRA - Warner Music BR
1995 - SOL E MAR – Live in Montreux Jazz Festival - Continental / Warner Music BR
1995 - DOSE DUPLA - Warner Music BR
Collection including two former releases: “Egito-Madagascar” (1987)
and “Do Deserto do Saará ao Nordeste Brasileiro” (1989) Warner Music Brasil /Continental, Brazil 1995
1994 - MENINO DOURADO – Banda Olodum Mirim
1994 Filhos do Sol - Warner Music BR
1993 DOSE DUPLA – OLODUM - Warner Music BR
1993 O MOVIMENTO - Warner Music BR
1993 THE BEST OF OLODUM - Warner Music Japan
1992 A MÚSICA DO OLODUM / BANDA REGGAE - Warner Music BR
1992 REVOLUTION IN MOTION - Warner Music UK
1991 THE BEST OF OLODUM - Warner Music BR
1991 FROM NORTHEAST OF SAARA TO NORTHEAST OF BRAZIL – 10 YEARS (Warner Music USA)
1990 Da Atlantida a Bahia - o mar é o caminho - Continental BR
1989 Do deserto do Saara ao Nordeste Brasileiro - Continental BR
1989 DOSE DUPLA – OLODUM - Continental BR
1989 – 10 ANOS – Continental BR
1988 NÚBIA /AXUM ETIÓPIA - Continental BR
1987 EGITO/MADAGASCAR – Continental BR

CDs and Videos Participations:
with Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Cliff, Herbie Hancock, Caetano Veloso
with Paul Simon:
1991 Paul Simon's Concert In The Park
Central Park (NY – USA) - Warner Bros.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhQO4k-2-uc

with Paul Simon:
1990 The Rhythm of the Saints - Warner Bros.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oS34kStpmc
with Michael Jackson: video clip “They don´t care about us”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSmd_7uDkJo

Set List

90 Min.