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Drumming from Samba da Cidade

Every summer the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation hosts a series of free World on Stage concerts at the Centennial Peace Plaza on MLK Blvd. in Cleveland. The first concert of Summer 2024 was on June 29, 2024 and the focus was Percussion of the World. 4 diverse drum acts performed and the first performance was by Samba da Cidade (SDC), or "Samba of the City" in Portuguese.

Samba da Cidade at World on Stage

Samba da Cidade at World on Stage

Samba da Cidade is a Cleveland-based samba school that brings together percussionists and dancers of all levels and ages to learn, play, dance, and perform samba and other rhythms inspired by the African Diaspora in Brazil, Cuba and elsewhere. Created and directed by Cleveland drummer and percussionist Dylan Moffitt (B. Mus., M. Mus., Cleveland Institute of Music), SDC is modeled after Rio de Janeiro's escolas de samba, the grass-roots organizations that prepare communities for the Carnaval parade.

SDC emerged in the summer of 2021, during the pandemic-induced isolation, when a handful of drummers began attending classes in Cleveland's Wade Oval park on Sunday evenings. What began as an effort to alleviate seclusion transformed into a thriving ensemble.

Samba da Cidade at World on Stage

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Young Athletes from Bermuda at Continental Cup in Cleveland

The Continental Cup, put on by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, is now in its 10th year and the 2015 event had 3300 athletes from 11 countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Mongolia, China, Bermuda, China, Colombia, Canada, Brazil, Nepal and Greece.

Young athletes from Bermuda Posing at the 2015 Continental Cup

Young Athletes from Bermuda at Continental Cup in Cleveland

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Island Flava Steel Drums
ClevelandPeople.Com International Pavilion
September 1, 2012

Island Flava Steel Drums

Island Flava Steel Drums

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