Grooversity - Afro-Brazilian percussion workshops and performances for school assemblies - Arts For Learning Massachusetts



Type: Performance, Workshop, Remote
Art Form: Music, Exploring Cultures
Grade Level: K - 12

Grooversity is an innovative drumming network envisioned and led by Brazilian percussionist Marcus Santos. Grooversity’s goal is to promote Afro-Brazilian percussion as an educational resource, entertainment and as a catalyst for social change. Grooversity focuses on community outreach for positive outcomes while targeting global diversity awareness.

Ensemble leader and teaching artist Marcus Santos, is a native of Bahia, Brazil. He commits his life to the study, teaching and performance of his hometown’s Afro-Brazilian music and heritage. He has led numerous workshops on Afro-Brazilian percussion and music for Social Change in universities and conventions around the world, including MIT, Harvard, Brown University and Universidad Central de Venezuela and the Percussion Arts Society International Convention in 2007 and 2010.

Marcus Santos is a highly accomplished contemporary percussionist and dedicated educator hailing from Salvador, Bahia in Brazil. With a remarkable versatility spanning genres such as Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Jazz, and World music, he showcases his exceptional performance skills in various musical styles. However, his true passion lies in the exploration, teaching, and preservation of his hometown's Afro-Brazilian music and cultural heritage.

Marcus's musical journey has brought him to prestigious stages and events worldwide. Notably, he has captivated audiences at a performance for the president of Brazil, TEDx conferences, and the "One World Band" produced by MTV. Additionally, he made a notable contribution to the Oscar-nominated Sony Pictures film 'Rachel's Getting Married,' starring Anne Hathaway. His outstanding talent has earned him several accolades, including the 2013 KOSA Recognition award and the Outstanding Arts Performer Award bestowed by the Brazilian Immigrant Center in 2008. Marcus was also honored with the Outstanding Percussionist Award from the esteemed Berklee College of Music. In 2024, Marcus received the Outstanding Artist Award by the Arts at the Armory in Somerville, MA.

In 2023, Marcus further showcased his artistry by recording the soundtrack for the PBS American Revolution documentary by the acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns. Additionally, he graced the stage at the illustrious Fête de La Danse in Monaco, leaving a lasting impression on international audiences.

Marcus's dedication to sharing his expertise extends beyond his performances. He authored the instructional DVD 'Modern Approach to Pandeiro' and contributed to the DVD 'Musically Speaking II' by BOSE. He has conducted workshops on Afro-Brazilian percussion and music for Social Change at renowned institutions and conventions worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, PASIC, and Harvard.

Currently, Marcus serves as the director of the Grooversity network project and collaboratively leads twenty-four drumming groups across the United States, France, Germany, Bermuda, and Canada. Through his tireless commitment to both his artistic pursuits and educational endeavors, Marcus continues to inspire aspiring musicians, foster cultural understanding, and promote the rhythmic beauty of Afro-Brazilian music on a global scale.

Programs Offered

Dressed colorfully and wearing shades, Marcus Santos stands behind an array of Brazilian hand drums