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about sambadende

Sambadende has been sharing the energy of Brazilian music with its loyal fans since 2001. Each show in their hometown of Boulder, CO draws a packed house and the powerful combination of drums and vocals never ceases to bring new fans off the street. Focusing on the street ensemble rhythms and authentic sambas of Brazil, Sambadende adds to its loyal following each time they perform.

The group was created with the intention of sharing not only the soulful music of Brazil, but also the inherent community feeling that is so evident in all Brazilian music. Sambadende was created in 2001 by Ty Hammes, who having lived in Salvador and having performed with Olodum and other blocos in Bahia wished to recreate that sound in the local music scene in Boulder. With the addition of Chico Meira, from Rio de Janeiro, Sambadende expanded its repertoire to include samba do quintal, coco, jongo, MPB, afoxe, maracatu, forro, and other rhythms.

brazilian influences

A blog of videos and songs from the wide array of Brazilian music.

Bloco Dilanzenze

Our sound, Samba Reggae, can be heard not only in the shows of popular blocos like Olodum, but also from smaller blocos like Dilazenze in the smaller city of Ilheus. Blocos server as a community meeting place, where music is played freely, entrance is free, and music and dance are a form of free entertainment for people in the neighborhood. I filmed this at a regular Sunday night rehearsal back in 2003.

Cortejo Afro

Elegantemente Sofisticado

Beautiful documentary on the roots of Samba Reggae

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latest news

Westword article: Colorado World Musicians You Need To Know


Sambadende is included as one of Westword magazine’s 6 Colorado-based world music groups to check out. Also included is our Boulder samba brethren, Ginga.

Check out the list here

Sambadende New Year’s Eve 2014!

Sambadende will be playing at the St Julien Hotel for New Year’s Eve this year. We will be accompanied by Samba Colorado dance troupe and there will be food and drinks provided. This is going to be a really fun night. Come and celebrate the new year with us!

Click the image above to view the full size pdf flyer.

For tickets and picing information, please call the St Julien at 720-406-9696

Sambadende at Top Taco Denver, June 26


Sambadende is playing this event on June 26 at the Sculpture Park – DPAC – Speer Blvd., between Arapahoe and Champa Streets.

The event is from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and will feature 25 restaurants competing for the best taco and margarita in Denver.

From their press release:

TOP TACO is Denver’s premiere taco and margarita tasting and competition. In a festival atmosphere, attendees of TOP TACO will taste samples, and vote for their favorite tacos and margaritas from 25 restaurants, enjoy a Grand Spirits tasting with two dozen tequilas from around the world, and enjoy a concert under the stars from popular Brazilian Reggae band Sambadende. The Patron VIP tent will showcase additional exclusive spirits, food tastings and other exciting benefits.

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