When and why did you start drumming?
When I was about 5 years old back home in Brazil. The first time I heard Olodum around the neighborhood I use to live in, I went home and practiced on any surface I could find. It was an amazing feeling even though I was a kid. Since then I have never stopped because drumming is my life and what I love to do.
Do you sing or play other instruments?
I do sing and also can play the basics of guitar, bass, flute, and different kind of drums.
What’s your favourite memory of drumming?
The day I was invited on stage to play a song with the famous reggae band from Chile “GONDWANA”. It was an amazing feeling to have been part of that. Another awesome memory is from when I use to live in Chile. We use to organize big carnivals where we would play with a large crew between 200 to 300 people. Those events will always be in my memory! And here in Toronto playing with TDot Batu has been the best as it is a very special group of beautiful souls from all over the globe.
What inspired you to create TDot Batu?
What inspired me to do it was that everywhere I been living in the world I always have the need of drumming so we created a group.
What advice would you give to beginners?
Always listen to what the director is teaching you. To be able to drum at a good level there is a lot of practice, so pay attention and study at home what you have learned. You will improve faster.
What are you listening to lately?
Lots of reggae, cumbia, raggamuffin, afro-beat, samba reggae, etc… different kind of music where there is a lot of drumming on it!
What’s your favorite place in the TDot?
I like the vybe we always get on a sunny day at Kensington Market for Pedestrian Sundays!