Djembe & Mande Music Page/Review Section
(last revision 02/11/99)


On Saturday, I got myself a new samba CD from Dudu Tucci. It's great if you like samba and you'll get more than 70 minutes of really nice music on it.

Dudu Tucci da Silva, was born 1955 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Both 
parents were opera singers; he was thus  introduced to music at a very early age. While still a child, he drummed for Umbanda ceremonies. After school, he studied classical percussion, flute and musical science at Brooklin's Paulista conservatory. Traveling through Latin America in the mid seventies, he studied the musical traditions of various and the spirituality embedded in the music.

His friendship with the Brazilian composer Arrigo Barnabé, which began the 80s, led him to the Berlin Jazz Festival, invited by George Gruntz. Since then, he has lived in Germany.

Working with the dancer Ismael Ivo in an acclaimed production 
"Ritual of a Body in the Moon" between 1982 and 1985, he became a member of Reinhard Flahtischler’s ethnic percussion project "Megadrums", touring through Germany, Switzerland and Australia. He was honored as well on the Asia tour with the Korean drum group Samul Nori.

Dudu Tucci is a very popular teacher in Germany, many if not  most of the 50 Samba schools now in existence in Germany were opened on his initiative. Together with Tiago de Oliveira Pinto he published his book "Samba and Sambistas in Brazil".

“In a tour de force through Brazil” street rhythms, Dudu Tucci presents a selection of sophisticated Samba arrangements and Samba Reggaes, as well as contemporary Afoxé, with Wolfgang Puschnig on saxophone and Kay Eckhardt de Camargo on bass. However, the master drummer's 18 (!) compositions, always recorded with compassion and with a virtuoso performance, are the main focus of  attention, rendered here on conga drums, surdo and timbales, pandeiro, talking drums, berimbau and a whole range of other percussion instruments. A true celebration of rhythm!

to order:

Let me include a statement from the CD cover:

   "I would rather belong to a tribal world
          than to a modern society
      Where there is no coming together
               But being apart
       I would rather be called tribal
        At least i would not be alone
           But one with my people
            And with the rhythms
            We play and we LIVE"

                      Dudu Tucci

Wouldn't it be nice to find a bit more of that spirit on djembe-l, ... one with the people on the list and the rhythms we play ... instead of the whole swearing and cursing the last time?

The liner notes are a bit a disappointment and this is not a
significant feature of this record, but seems to be the label's policy. Although the CD comes with a 12 page booklet, there is little information about the rhythms found in there. It would have been nice, at least to name the rhythms played by Dudu. for the lover of Brazilian music, who's not an expert of that genre, it would help a lot. Though the notes are readable and include a nice photo of the artist with his berimbau and two of Dudu's poems, one cited below:

Confesso que dentro de mim
Existe um tambor cravado vivo
Encarnado na minha alma.
Sempre sendo;
Como a mais suave das minhas respirações
Vivo quente úmido pulsante tambor transcedental
Culminante orgástico eterno.
Veiea da minha existencia que continuará a existir
Após a minha morte.

I confess that inside me
A drum exists
Encarved alive, embodied in my soul
Always being, like the softest of my breathing
Alive, warm, wet, pulsating, transcendental drum
Vein of my existence which will continue to exist
Even after my death.
                                   Dudu Tucci

The contents of the CD

Remarkable is, that all 18 titles on this CD are not only written,
composed and arranged by Dudu Tucci, but also played by himself. Only on three tracks he 's accompanied by bass and saxophone.

1)Sampablack (Afoxé)
Dudu Tucci: Congas,Pandeiro, Xequere, Repinique, Surdos, Timbales,Timbas

Dudu Tucci: Berimbau,Congas,Gongs,Surdos, Timbas,Snare, Shaker

3)Come along and dance
Dudu Tucci: Conga, shaker, Snare, Surdos, Timables, Timbas, Voice 
Kay Eckhardt de Camargo: Bass

4)Madela's road (Hip hop)
Dudu Tucci: Caixis, Cow Bells, Xequere, Surdos, Talking Drums, Timbas
Wolfgang Puschnig: Saxophone
Kay Eckhardt de Camargo: Bass

5)Deixa Cair
Dudu Tucci: Cuica, Pandeiro, Repinique, Shaker, Snare, Surdos,Tamburims, Timbas, Whistle

6)Mulungu (Baiao)
Dudu Tucci: Congas, Cowbell, Snare, Surdoes, Triangle, 

Dudu Tucci: Congos, Caixixis,Congas, Cowbell, Gong, 
Repiniques, Shakers, Surdo, Wood Blocks

8)You are the one
Dudu Tucci: Berimbao

Dudu Tucci: Bell, Claves, Congas, Snaer, Surdos, Timbas

10) Ao de ossanhe (Candomblé, sacred rhythm for the 
orisha of herbs andmedicine)
Dudu Tucci: Atabaques, Cow bells,

11) Heartbeat
Dudu Tucci: Congas, Pandeiro,  Repinique, Tamburim, Timbas, Voice

12) Voices of the Berimbau
Dudu Tucci: Berimbau

13) Diario Perdido
Dudu Tucci: Caixixis, chimes, Congas, Rum,Surdos,Timbas,Xylophone,Zabumba, Voice
Guilherme Castro: Bass

14) Agabi (Candomblé, a rhythm that belongs to Xango, 
Iansa, Ogum and Oxossi)
Dudu Tucci: Atabaques, Cow bells,

15) Papo de Esquina
Dudu Tucci: Cuica, Pandeiro, Repique de Mao,Surdo, 

Dudu Tucci:Berimbau, Congas, Voice

17) Bom dia Rio
Dudu Tucci: Flute, Shaker, Snare, Surdos, Tamburims, Timbas, Repinique

18) Native Drummer
Dudu Tucci: Congas

Johannes Schya