Paprika is Brooklyn's all-female worldbeat dance jam band. From a core of Brazilian and Caribbean repertoire, through intoxicating forays into the Middle East, Africa, the Mediterranean and rocking originals they create a shimmering web of language, melody and rhythm that is irresistibly danceable.


Paprika is Brooklyn's own world beat dance and jam band performing dance music from around the world. The group came into being in the summer of the year 2000 in a Brooklyn backyard, founded by members of NYC's Brazilian based musical phenomena such as Tigresa, Xodo, and Beat the Donkey. With a distinctively world beat sound, Paprika vibrates with the passion its members have for the music of Brazil, Cuba, the Middle East, Indonesia, the Mediterrean and Africa to name a few.

Paprika performs as a full 6 piece stage band with electric guitar, bass, sax, percussion, drumset and features five vocalists singing in nine languages. The group also performs batucada (Brazil's Carnaval Samba drums), raising the roof leading many a marching throng from Halloween parades, First Night, & Pride Festivals, to the famous Coney Island Mermaid Parade. The members of Paprika also lead pre-parade & educational workshops in traditional percussion, world singing and improvised music.

Paprika has performed at numerous music festivals and colleges such as Rutgers, Bryn Mawr, Hostos Community College, Westchester University, New London College, New York City Tech and Post University. They brought down the house at the National Women's Music Festival in Madison, WI in June '08, and in previous years have played at the Starwood Festival, Michigan Women's Festival, Campout Virginia, Cabin Fest, Brooklyn's Chili Pepper and Cherry Blossom Festivals, Atlantic Antic and numerous Earth Day Celebrations. They have also performed at some of NYC's finest music venues including Joe's Pub, SOB's, The Bowery Poetry Club, CBGB's, Galapagos, Superfine, Southpaw and Brooklyn Arts Exchange.


Paprika has three releases to date.
Their self-titled debut cd (now sold out) was released in 2002.
"Exquisite 100% Sweet Delicacy" -Released in 2005
"Are we in Rio Yet"- Released in 2008

Set List

Below is a partial list which exemplifies a typical set. We arrange our sets based on the theme of the event we are playing We have a huge repertoire of songs including covers and originals.

La Vida es Carnival-Celia Cruz
Water-Fela Kuti (afrobeat)
Cuchillo - Felix Chapotin-Cuban
Mais que Nada-Brazil
We are Family-Amer.
Boogie Oogie Oogie-Amer.
Soul Makosa-Africa
Lady Marmalade-amer.
Satin Doll
Fly Me to the Moon
Beseme Mucho
Viva Chango
Ojos Asi
Tengo una Debilidad
Pedro Pedreiro-Brazil
Das Meninas-Brazil
Lilli - Greek traditional
Mania - Rita Lee -Brazil
Chantez Chantez - Amadou & Mariam
Marif Nash - Natasha Atlas-Egypt
Haitian Medley - Haitian traditional
Zombie Jamboree-
Monster Mash-
Season of the Witch - Donovan
Dance Dance Dance - ESG
Mesopotamia - B52's
Never on a Sunday
Black Orpheus - Jobin
Chan Chan - Buena Vista Social Club
Val Car