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SU's Nichols Presents 'Brazilian Drumming' Wednesday, February 6

Ted NicholsSALISBURY, MD---The samba may be the quintessential essence of Brazil’s musical and cultural identity … but from where did it hail?

Ted Nichols, director of the Salisbury University World Percussion Ensemble, takes audience members on a musical journey to answer that question during the lecture and demonstration “Brazilian Drumming: A Look at the Drums in the History of South American and African Cultures.” His presentation is 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall.

Origins of the samba can be traced back to the 17th century in the state of Bahia from slaves captured in the Congo and Angola. Additional sources of traditional Brazilian percussion include the berimbau, a gourd-resonated musical bow associated with early 19th-century slave culture and capoeira, an African-Brazilian martial art. Nichols explores how these cultures are musically intertwined.

Sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs, admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6271 or visit the SU Web site at