An incredible hand percussionist born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. Nêgah Santos has a unique sound, which is influenced by several styles as Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Fusion, R&B, Jazz, Pop, African and World Music.
Performing professionally since her teens, while in Brazil, Nêgah performed with several artists as Tony Tornado, Falamansa, and Sandra de Sá and also, was part of the musical theater scene as the percussionist for the plays O Primo Basílio and Mulheres Alteradas.
Recently graduated from Berklee College of Music, as part of the Global Jazz Institute outreach program; Nêgah has performed with her own project ChoroBop and with many artists as Ledisi, Esperanza Spalding, Alejandro Sanz, Diane Reeves, Valerie Simpson, Sheila E., Al Jarreau, Joe Lovano, A.R Rahman, Nona Hendrix, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lizz Wright, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Miguel Zenon, Danilo Perez, Women of the World, Clinton Cerejo, Joyce, Marcos Valle, Toni Tornado, Tia Fuller, Giovanni Hidalgo and recently the Riverdance show.
Nêgah has performed in several countries as Brazil, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Panama, USA, United Kingdom, England, Germany and Ireland.
I started to teach in 2008 at the Meninos do Morumbi Social Project in Sao Paulo Brazil. It was my first experience teaching children and teenagers, as a transition from being part of the project as a student to become a musical instructor.
Meninos do Morumbi is a social project based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has as a goal to help children from poor communities to empower themselves when facing the difficulties in their lives. The project offers various activities after school, in which the main activity is Music and Dance. The Meninos do Morumbi band is the main source of income to keep the project alive. Through this band, I - as a student and later musical instructor - was able to tour in Brazil and USA from 2005 to 2011.
In 2009, I also started to teach percussion privetly to all kinds of students, specially students who were seeking to achieve musical scholarships in Brazil.
The process I use when teaching, is to understand first what the student is looking for; technique, musical notation, independence or performance aspects. From there, I can shape how to better use the time. I own all the instruments and also can access different parts of the city.