Beats of Brazil are a performance percussion group. Playing various Brazilian grooves, from the fast, energetic rhythms of the world famous Rio Carnival to the infectious laid back Samba Reggae beats of Salvador…and much more.

Formed in 2002 by John Dirkie, who started drumming at the age of 12 in Scottish Pipe Bands and then various other rock groups until he was introduced to the world of Brazilian Samba in the late nineties.

He then went on a tour round the world in 2001, where he met with Master Drummer Carlos Ferreira, a Brazilian now living in Australia.

Amazed with Carlos’s talent, John spent a year training with him, learning how to produce the REAL sound of true Brazilian percussion with the correct ‘swing’.

Then after a spending a month researching in Brazil, returned to Scotland and set up the Beats of Brazil group as a vehicle to promote this exciting, energetic form of world music through performances and workshops.

Over the last 4 years the band have performed all over the country at various festivals, carnivals, club nights and events of every kind, and with John just back from his latest 5 month trip to Brazil, where he has been training and performing with world class percussionists and playing in Carnivals in both Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, Brazil, this year looks set to see the bands hottest performances yet!

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