Mendona, Eduardo : Dois Em 1
Winner of "Outstanding Brazilian Male Singer based in the U.S" 2007 Brazilian International Press Awards (Florida, US) Eduardo Mendonça, multitalented Brazilian-American recording artist, producer, vocalist, composer, and musical arranger, was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Mendonça traces his lineage to a royal African family bearing the hereditary title of Mama-Beka, prophet of the royal court. His grandfather, José Maria de Mendonça, who secretly maintained the Mama-Beka title, is pictured in a rare book, property of the Instituto Geográfico e Histórico da Bahia, which shows the elder Mendonça taking part in a crucial meeting discussing the need for freedom and established social rights for Afro-Brazilian former slaves. Education Master in Arts Education at the Instituto de Música da Universidade Católica do Salvador (Music Institute of the Catholic University of Salvador). (1980-1984) Collaborations • WOMAD Festival. Performance with Jovino Santos Neto. Redmond, WA (2001) • Seattle City Cantabile Choir. A tribute to Brazil (Villa-Lobos) 2000, Musica do Brasil 2001. 2000-present • Urban Rhythm Choir. Christmas Samba (Christmas Concert), Pan-Africa Concert. 1995- 2003 • Arranged and conducted, and recorded Brazilian songs to the Pacific Children's Choir for the performances of Circle the World) in 2000. • Music and included in Janis Mann CD - A Little Moonlight "1997". Janis Mann is a jazz musician, Bellevue resident. • Recorded music and included in Kofi Anang's CD "1995". Musician Kofi Anang is an African musician, born in Ghana. • Percussionist for a series of workshops in Elementary schools by dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater sponsored by Meany Hall for Performing Arts of University of Washington. Seattle, WA 1995 Selected Performances • Performed for Governor Christine Gregoire at the Governor Mansion. Olympia, WA (2009) • Performed for His Holiness Daly Lama at Qwest Field and Key Arena. Seattle, WA (2008) • Opening for All-Star 2001 Pre-Game Ceremony at Safeco Field. Seattle, WA (2001) • Performed as feature musician in command performance for Brazilian President João Baptista Figueiredo. Bahia Brazil (1989) • Performance for the former South Africa President Nelson Mandela. Seattle, WA - USA (1999) • Performed as feature musician in command performance for Pope John Paul II. Bahia Brazil (1991) • Performed in trios elétricos (brightly lit mobile soundstages for festivals and public dancing) with artists such as Dengo da Bahia, Papa Léguas, and Marcos Medrado (1980-1990) • Toured in Brazil, United States, and Canada as vocalist and percussionist with the folkloric troupe, Exaltação á Bahia. (1979-1992) • Was featured in Paul Simon's documentary music video, "Born at the Right Time", which took place in Salvador, Bahia - Brazil (1991) Touring • Show Brazil! Touring in US, Canada and Brazil. (1997- present) • Grupo Folclórico Exaltação à Bahia, touring in Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, and US. (1977-1990) Artist-in-Residence • Washington Middle School (Seattle, WA) Winter 2008 • Methow Valley Elementary School (Winthrop, WA) Fall 2007 • Hamilton International Middle School (Seattle, WA ) Spring 2007 • Hamilton International Middle School (Seattle, WA) Winter 2006 • Washington Middle School (Seattle, WA) Winter 2006 • Washington Middle School (Seattle, WA) Winter 2005 Workshops, Talks, Conferences: many taught in US and Canada as example: • Presenter on 'Arts: Gateway to Global Education' of Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools Conference (Fall 2006) • Panelist of Washington Cultural Congress (Leavenworth, WA 2005 - 2006) • Panelist of American Heritage Series: Who is African-American? (CD Forum Seattle, WA) - 2006) • Global Fest - Calgary, AB - Canada (2005) • Evergreen State Community College - ICAF (International Capoeira Angola Foundation)(2004) • University of Washington (Seattle, WA). Summer 2002 - Dr. Patricia Campbell project. • Dadfodil Valley Elementary School (Sumner, WA) (2001) • Valhalla Elementary School (Sumner, WA) (2000) • Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA) - In a word music class by Dr. Margaret Willson (1995)
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