Canadian Musician to Join the Only Female-led ‘Bateria’ at Rio’s Carnival

‘Mestre de bateria’ (Master of the drums) is a traditionally male-dominated role, with only one other recorded instance of a female mestre, Helen Maria, who performed ten years ago with Unidos do Uraiti.

By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Canadian musician and assistant director to the ‘Escola de Música da Rocinha’ (Rocinha Music School) chamber orchestra, Vanessa Rodrigues, will be joining the ‘bateria’ (drum section) of samba school Feitiço do Rio, who will be making history this Saturday, March 9th.

The performance will parade to the drum of one of the only female ‘mestre de baterias’ (master of the drums) ever in the history of Carnival. The mestre, Thaís Rodrigues, also happens to be a former student of Escola de Música da Rocinha.

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