Artist Biography

Biographical works are in many circumstances non-fiction, but fiction can also be utilized to portray an individual’s life. Timbalada has performed various songs of its albums in different continents of the world. The group has also won awards due to its good presentation of the songs. In the year 1996, the group won a Premio Award because of its album known as Mineral. The group members have travelled in many continents of the world such as Japan and Europe. They have also performed on the Holland Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival as well as on Montreux Jazz Festival. A biography explores a subject’s experience of people’s events. The paper will center on the biography of Timbalada and offer detailed information and the experiences shared by the group.

In the early nineties, the sparkling tuneful scene of Bahia came up with a new phenomenon. Timbalada is a huge group of rhythmists with tribal paintings all over their bodies and has a female singer that performed topless. They all played timbaus. Timbaus is a big drum that suspends from the shoulder of the instrumentalist and is usually held amid the legs. It is a unique way of performance, and not many modern artists practice it. It is termed as a traditional way of dancing that was practiced in ancient days and that is currently old-fashioned. However, the group has been successful in its style of performance (Lee, 2009).

Timbalada is an Afro-Brazilian artist group from a place known as Candeal, Salvador, in Brazil. Drummer, Carlinhos Brown, has founded it. The tuneful style is amid samba reggae and axé. It has strong sways from African tune. The group is very popular, and it regularly presents sold-out shows throughout Brazil region. It is for the most part known for its dynamic participation to the carnival every year in the motorways of Salvador and Bahia. Moreover, the group is involved in many social activities that make it famous (Manovich, 2001). It participates in social involvement by working with deprived children and providing schooling and drum progressions to assist them in social incorporation. For this reason, the group is known all over Brazil, and its fame has extended even to other countries. Having brilliant creativity of singer, composer, and virtuoso instrumentalist, Carlinhos Brown, Timbalada does justness to Bahia’s musical tradition. At the same time, the group of singers introduces newness and courage to it. The main vocalist’s hoarse singing, the non-sense of the stanzas, the tribal portraiture, and the collective utilization of sunglasses assisted to place Timbalada group of artists among the most creative and original bands to be seen in the last years.

Melodically, Timbalada is accredited with two main innovations in the composition of Afro-Brazilian melody. These innovations include the renewal of the timbal (a big high-slanted hand drum) and the establishment of a stand of three surdos (deep-toned drums) that can be play-acted by a sole player (Timbalada, n.d.). In addition, the timbal that had been nearly inexistent before Timbalada started featuring it has meanwhile become prevalent in many Afro-Brazilian genres, with the inclusion of samba-reggae and axé. The stand of surdos that are also called a “bateria-surdo” (surdo drum set) is currently widely utilized by many collections for stage presentations when not marching. Because the bateria-surdo can just hold three surdos in the interior arm’s grasp of a sole player, the old-fashioned four-surdo preparations of numerous samba-reggae beats is often clipped down to a three-surdo collection. Therefore, the music has been made to be easily presented on stage. It has also become popular and an admiration to many people not only in Brazil but also in other countries thus making Timbalada artists successful in their work. Some of their albums include Mineral, Timbalada Ao Vivo, Tribal Bahia, and many others.


Lee, H. (2009). Biography: A short introduction. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Manovich, L. (2001). The language of new media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

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