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SambaDá

SambaDá, based in Santa Cruz, Calif., marries contemporary, Western sounds with Brazilian musical traditions. The band, formed more than 10 years ago, has created a popular hybrid of Afro-Brazilian beats, samba-reggae, surf rock and California funk.

SambaDá will perform its original fusion music at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at CultureWorks, 310 Oak St., Ashland.

The group grew out of a Brazilian-pop cover band, started by Papiba Godinho, who hails from Brasília, Brazil. While Brazilian beats are at the core of its music, SambaDá reflects the interests and personalities of each its members: Godinho (lead vocals), Danha Da Hora (lead vocals), Anne Stafford (saxophone), Kevin Dorn (bass), Garry Kehoe (drums), Will Kahn (electric guitar), Marcel Menard (percussion), Marcio Peeter (percussion) and Wagner Santos Profeta (percussion).

Godinho, a master of capoeira, a Brazilian martial-arts form, and Da Hora, who was born and raised in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, also incorporate their native dance traditions into their live performances.

Cover to the show at CultureWorks is $10. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Call 541-488-4888 or see www.sambada.com.

SambaDá melds Brazilian music traditions with funk, reggae and rock sounds. - Photo by Charlie Mixon