Monday, September 7, 2015

Brazilian All Female Samba-Reggae Band "Didá Banda Feminina" (Information & Videos)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases six videos of Didá Banda Feminina, a Brazilian all female samba-reggae band. Information about Didá Banda Feminina is included in this post along with information about samba reggae music, the genre of music the band plays.

The Addendum to this post presents a poem entitled "Didá from Salvador" that was written by Neguinho do Samba, the founder of Didá Banda Feminina.

The content of this post is presented for historical, cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to the founder, staff, and members of Didá Banda Feminina. Thanks also to the publishers of these videos on YouTube and all those who are quoted in this post.


Dida Escola De Musica (Dida Music School) is a cultural institution without profitable ends that aims to improve the quality of lives through music and the arts. The school was founded on December 13, 1993 by maintainer and mentor Meastro Neguinho Do Samba. With his vision he created a school that involves serious educational work and is based in transformational musical teaching. The classes that are offerred for the community are: String Instruments, Wind Instruments, Percussion, Keyboard, Capoeira, Afro-Brazilian Dance Theatre, Art, English, and Computer Literacy."...
This entire page is written in upper case letters. I changed it to upper zand lower case letters to conform with the rest of this post.

..."…Didá Banda Feminina is out. It is the first CD by a band called just that: Didá Banda Feminina. This is another musical wonder from Bahia. The all-female band takes its name from a Yoruba term meaning creation. The new group—the brainchild of Neguinho do Samba, the creator of samba reggae—bursts with creativity and power...

This first CD of Didá Banda Feminina is proof that the realm of axé music does not live solely on obvious rhymes and predictable sounds. Didá produce an unorthodox mixture of sounds, thus extending the rhythmic and percussive attributes which characterize the style. The arrangements are a mix of samba de roda, typical of the recôncavo of Bahia, and incorporate elements of rock, uniting African drums, electric guitars, keyboard, flute, and saxophone. In addition to being the musical leader of Didá, Neguinho is mentor and spiritual guide for the girls. He brings with him his rich experience of the years with Olodum. In fact, many critics have already dubbed Didá the "Feminine Olodum."...
Click for a pancocojams post about the Brazilian Samba-Reggae band "Olodum". The name "Olodum" is a clip of the name for the Supreme Creator in the Yoruba (Nigeria) pantheon.

"Samba-reggae is a music genre from Bahia, Brazil. Samba reggae, as its name suggests, was originally derived as a blend of Brazilian samba with Jamaican reggae as typified by Bob Marley....

Samba-reggae arose in the context of the black pride movement that occurred in the city of Salvador de Bahia, around the 1970s, and it still carries connotations of ethnic identity and pride for Afro-Brazilians today. Bahia's population has a large proportion of dark-skinned Brazilians who are descendants of African slaves who were brought to Brazil by the Portuguese in the 18th and 19th centuries. These Afro-Brazilians played a major role in the early development of samba...

The paradoxical result was that samba was brought back to Bahia from Rio, but now in a highly altered form, and no longer associated with Afro-Brazilians. Thus, in the mid-20th century, the city of Salvador had many samba schools that were modeled on the samba schools of Rio, as well as blocos (informal street percussion groups), both of which performed Rio-style samba in Carnival parades every year. Yet, ironically, black Brazilians did not participate in these Carnival parades or in the blocos. They were not allowed to participate.

Samba-reggae represents an effort by black Brazilians to develop a Carnival parade music that they could call their own, and to form all-black or mostly-black blocos with which they could parade during Carnival. The afro bloco music was very different because they aimed to recreate and strengthen their community through their music.[1]"...
Also click for information about "Axé music". Here's a brief excerpt of that page:
"Axé music originat[ed] in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil approximately in 1986, fusing different Afro-Caribbean genres, such as Marcha, Reggae, and Calypso. It also includes influences of Brazilian music such as Frevo, Forró and Carixada. The most important creator of this music style was Alfredo Moura, conducting Carlinhos Brown, Luiz Caldas, Sarajane and others. The word "axé" comes from a Yoruba religious greeting used in the Candomblé and Umbanda religions that means "soul", "light", "spirit" or "good vibration"...
"Axé" is most often written as "ashe" in English, although the correct Yoruba [Nigerian] spelling is "ase". All of these words are pronounced ah-SHAY".

These videos are presented in chronological order according to their publishing dates with the oldest dated video given first.

Example #1: Dida

TheSambaYogi, Uploaded on Oct 8, 2009

Dida is an all-female percussion band that plays samba reggae, a music genre from Bahia, Brazil. Filmed in August '08 on the street outside Dida School of Music, a non-profit organization that teaches music and dance for free to poor women and children of Salvador. Didá performs every Friday night at 9pm at Praca Tereza Batista in Pelourinho, Salvador.
"The Historic Centre (known in Portuguese as The Pelourinho) is a historic neighborhood located in the western zone of Salvador, Bahia. It was the city's center during the Portuguese Colonial Period, and was named for the whipping post (Pelourinho means Pillory) in its central plaza where African slaves received punishment for various infractions, as well as for disciplinary purposes....

Nicknamed "Pelô" by residents, this area is in the older part of the upper city, or Cidade Alta, of Salvador. It ecompasses several blocks around the triangular Largo, and it is the location for music, dining and nightlife. In the 1990s, a major restoration effort resulted in making the area a highly desirable tourist attraction."

Example #2: Didá (samba reggae)

Batucar batuqueiros, Published on Feb 20, 2013

02/13 Pelourinho, Bahía. Video Santiago Storni - Batucar.

Example #3: Banda Dida Liberdade

alan borges Published on Feb 27, 2013

A Liberdade ficou pequena....

Example #4: Banda Feminina Didá - 30 de Julho de 2013 - Afro Som

Anderson Salvath, Published on Aug 13, 2013

Example #5: Dida Banda Feminina 2015 Ensaio. LOVE them!

Batala NYC Published on Feb 25, 2015

Example #6: Dida Banda Feminina backwards, uphill, in flip flops...

Batala NYC, Published on Feb 25, 2015


Didá from Salvador
Aroldo "Me Trate Bem", Neguinho do Samba
(Aroldo "Treat Me Well," Samba Neguinho)

[This is the English translation. The Portuguese words are also found on this page.]

Didá is queen of the sun
Black goddess—a major force
Who enchants this land so beautiful
Oh, Bahia so dear
Pelourinho, there is no distinction there
White and black are all brothers
And the mixture of races defends
...that interbreeding
I'm going, I'm going
I'm going to dance in Pelô
I'm going, I'm going
With Didá from Salvador
Didá was born in a blessed place
A place belonging to an honest people
Which lived through slavery
Grew up there
With much courage and much struggle
Today all the people listen
To Didá which is tradition
The whites came and joined with the blacks
And they were aware
That we are all brothers
I'm going, I'm going
I'm going to dance in Pelô
I'm going, I'm going
With Didá of Salvador
There's Jamaica, America, and Japan
There's São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
There are people from the whole world
I'm going, I'm going
I'm going to dance in Pelô

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