Rafael Ponde band

Brazilian Band from Silver Spring, MD - Will travel up to 250 miles
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$400 - $1500 per event
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About
Rafael Pondé is a visionary with a passion for music from around the world most especially afro diaspora music. He has recorded 6 albums and collaborated with many different artists ranging from Colombian to Jamaican and North American acts. His music performances and teaching projects are influenced by Brazilian percussive music and their expression with traditional acoustic instruments. Rafael is a multi instrumentalist, singer, record producer, music educator and ethnomusicologist .



His explosive performances feature a hybrid of rhythms , ranging from different styles of global music mostly African influenced music. Originally from Salvador, in The state of Bahia, Brazil, he also promotes cultural understanding and combats racism through music. Early recognition began in 1999, when he participated in the Bahian Music Festival by University of Vitória da Conquista. Here he and The Curupira band won the blessing of Waly Salomão, one of the greatest "Tropicalia" poets.This led to Rafael being placed in the hall of the greats "novissimos baianos." Waly traveled with the young Rafael to São Paulo to record the program "Música brasileira" in the studios of Trama, with João Marcelo Bôscoli, the son of the legendary Elis Regina.



Rafael has toured the USA, Europe and Latin America, and played in The Weltkulture festival in Germany in 2010, among other important World festivals .In 2016, Rafael was elected as "Brazilian cultural ambassador" for the program "Partners of America" (Founded in 1964 by JFK) from the American department of State. After being coming to USA since 2014 with grants from Bahia government and Brazil´s federal government he is living now between Brazil and the city of Philadelphia. His workshops, concerts and speeches share Brazilian culture and focus on building cultural understanding and overcoming racism through music and the arts.

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The Rafael Pondé Duo features Rafael Pondé and Rob Curto, an American vocalist and accordion player. Together, Rafael and Rob play a Jazz-fusion with rhythmic roots in Samba, Bossa Nova and Forro. Other songs feature Latin music from the Caribbean such as Reggae and Salsa. The Rafael Pondé Trio features Rafael, Rob Curto and adds the percussion of Dende Macedo.The trio gets the audience dancing on their feets!

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This band is amazing and charismatic! I booked Rafael Ponde for our end of summer company picnic and I have received nothing but rave reviews! Rafael is very responsive and delivered on everything that I requested for the event. The band itself was very professional, humorous and courteous. I highly recommend them and will definitely use them for future events.

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Rafael Ponde band’s Response:

Thanks Denisha!

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Extremely talented musician with an innate ability to entertain. Song selection was great and included a wide selection of artists sure to be enjoyed by all. Also included in the set were some great original compositions which were an added delight! He definitely made our party and we will be having him back. Would highly recommended for any special event!

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Rafael Ponde band’s Response:

Thanks Devin! Was my pleasure to be there and share your beautiful event!

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Rafael (and band) were great! So happy that they could play for us. Our employees loved them! Would definitely recommend their band for any occasion!

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Rafael Ponde band’s Response:

Thanks Beth was my pleasure to play there!!!

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2017
Sep
23
Community Event
Newark, DE
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2017
Sep
22
Corporate Function
Malvern, PA
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2017
Jul
29
Retirement Party
Pottstown, PA
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
2016
Jul
20
Corporate Function
Wayne, PA
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Three Little birds
Bob Marley
Waiting in vain
Bob Marley
Girl from ipanema
Tom jOBIM
Bahia
Ary Barroso
For once in my life
Stevie Wonder
Quiet Nights
Tom Jobim
Misty Morning
Bob Marley
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Acoustic Band
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Baby Showers
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Conventions
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Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Rafael Ponde band will also travel to Takoma Park, Washington, Adelphi Chillum, Hyattsville, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington, College Park, Garrett Park, Mount Rainier, Brentwood, Bladensburg, Beltsville, Glen Echo, Riverdale, Rockville, Suburb Maryland Fac, Arlington, Cabin John, Greenbelt, New Carrollton, Southern Md Facility, Burtonsville, Mc Lean, Capital Heights, Capitol Heights, Cheverly, Lanham, Potomac, Spencerville.
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