Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Renowned Percussionist Dendê Macêdo Recycling Trash Into Musical Treasure

dende macedo.jpg

What may seem like trash to some is musical treasure in the hands of Afro-Brazilian artist Dendê Macêdo. His new album "Recycled Sounds" features instruments made of found materials.

dende macedo instrument.jpg

World music lovers may recognize him—he started at the young age of 14 when he played in Carlinhos Brown’s superstar percussion ensemble known as “Timbalada.” Since 2001, he has split his time between the U.S. and Bahia, Brazil, continuing to perform and record.

The Conversation caught up with Macêdo while he was in Hawaiʻi to teach percussion workshops. He held a couple of Big Island workshops for kids, teens and adults in Kealakekua at the Gingerhill Farm Retreat.

Macêdo is also part of the Mamadêlê Foundation. The nonprofit produces performances, classes and trips which celebrate the arts and culture of Bahia, Brazil.

This segment aired on The Conversation on July 14, 2021.

Lillian Tsang is the senior producer of The Conversation. She has been part of the talk show team since it first aired in 2011. Contact her at
Related Stories