Below are the artists represented by Mooka Entertainement:

  • Kenia
    The artist was born Kenia Acioly into a family of Italian origins in the city of Nova Iguaçu, a distant working class suburb of Rio de Janeiro. When she was six, Kenia’s family moved to Copacabana. Later, she lived in Niterói, Rio’s sister city across Guanabara Bay, and Leblon, one of the city’s most upscale neighborhoods. Each stop along the way provided opportunities to explore the local cultural peculiarities that go into making Rio and its neighboring environs one of the world’s most exotic locales.
  • Ologundê
    The New York-based Ologundê ensemble celebrates the rich Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador, Bahia through a diverse repertoire of music, dance and martial arts. Comprised of Brazilians living in the United States and Brazil, Ologundê includes former members of world-renowned music and dance troupes and is under the direction of master percussionist Dendê. The ensemble has performed throughout the US since its formation in 2002 and toured Greece as part of the Cultural Olympiad, appearing at the Kalamata Dance Festival and at the Athens Festival at the Acropolis. The company's educational programs have been featured at venues such as Lincoln Center, the Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music and the Peabody Conservatory among many other esteemed institutions.
  • Timbeleza
    Consisting of drummers, dancers and guest musicians, Timbeleza is a not-for-profit cooperative which specializes in Brazilian percussion music. The group formed around 2005 and began to blossom under the tutelage of Ricardo Periera, a samba-school mestre from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Within several years, they were performing regularly at community festivals, clubs and private parties around the region, and training with master drummers such as Marcus Santos (Bloco Afro-Brasil), Curtis Pierre (Casa Samba), and Scott Kettner (Nation Beat/Maracatu New York). Members have hailed from numerous countries, such as Brazil, Iran, the United Kingdom, Germany, Hungary and France. Timbeleza is now a fixture at community events such as the Latin American Caribbean Festival and Brazil Fest; Art All Night; the Pittsburgh International Children's Festival, the Pittsburgh Folk Festival; Kaya Fest; the Polish Hill Arts Festival; African Arts in the Park; and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust events such as First Night, the Downtown Gallery Crawl and Market Square Summer Concert Series.
  • Salsamba
    Salsamba is an accomplished Latin Jazz Quintet that fuses authentic Latin-American rhythms with the harmonic and melodic sophistication of contemporary American jazz. The group, capable of many musical moods, entertains its listeners with percussive and melodic improvisation of the highest quality. Salsamba, larger than the sum of five musicians, remains committed to both traditional integrity and daring innovation: guitarist Eric Susoeff (leader and music director), conga player George Jones (co-leader), multi-saxophonist and flutist Eric DeFade, bassist Paul Thompson, and drummer Thomas Wendt. Much of the band’s music is arranged & composed by their leader Eric Susoeff, with other repertoire including songs by the finest Latin and jazz composers such as Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Antonio Carlos Jobim & Ivan Lins. They have opened for the late latin jazz king, Tito Puente, guitarist John Scofield and Stanley Jordan, steel pan player Andy Narell as well as flutist Dave Valentin.
  • Origem Band
    The dynamic trio Origem - Leonardo Lucini on bass, Aljeandro Lucini on drums and Bruno Lucini on percussion - has been bring awareness of their native Brazilian culture through music for more than 15 years. These brothers from Rio often compose their own original pieces that mix jazz, funk, and rock with such traditional styles as Samba, Bossa Nova, Forro, Afoxe and Maracatu from the Southeast and Northeast regions of Brazil, creating a unique blend like no other.
  • Big Mean Sound Machine
    In 2009, Big Mean Sound Machine formed in Ithaca, New York with one goal: to create music that stimulates both Body AND Brain. The result is a fiery exhibition of artfully conceived dance music that truly is Big and Mean. Today, BMSM comprises a collective of over 15 analog artists spread out over the Northeastern United States, who strive day in and day out to reanimate and reinterpret Afrobeat, Funk, Jazz, Fusion and just about everything else, all through a postmodern lens. Anyone who has witnessed The Machine live in action knows that their performances are among the heaviest and the sweatiest. Anyone who has heard their studio releases also knows that they can refine this complex sonic force with maturity and clarity that allows each composition to blossom to its fullest.

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