Puppa Santana
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Puppa Santana, drummer world and brasilian music!!!

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At the age of 8 he started learning the guitar and at the age of ten he already played with his friends performing at various schools in Salvador. At the same time, under the influence of Vandinho de Carvalho and Marcelo Brasil, he started his drum lessons at the music school Escola de Música (EMUS) da Universidade Federal da Bahia under the supervision of Jorge Onca and Jorge Sacramento and his fellow student was Lula Nascimento, a great name of world Jazz. At the age of 18 he moved to Belo Horizonte after being invited to perform in Minas Gerais. So far he has performed with various groups and artists such as: Júlia Ribas, Banda Orkídea, Juliano Mourão do Omeriah, Vitor and Leo, Leandro Lima, Kenia Aguiar, Swing de palha, Programa Caravana Band, as a musical director and arranger, where he accompanied Nonato and Noel, Bob Charles, Riginaldo Rossi Couver, among others. He has participated in a joint musical project with musicians Glayson Antônio and Marcos Garcia, he also played with the group Vil Metal, former members of the group Skank, and at the spectacle Los del Roccio da Fátima Carreteiro at the Palacio das Artes in December 2001. In 2001 he also started to perform with a great local singer Play, ex-Nepal (at present he is a back vocal of the group J.Quest e Kid Monteiro da Timbalada). Puppa Santana has been teaching drums since his arrival to Minas Gerais in 1993. He has taught at Casa Azul Escola de Musica, at Cultural Centre Nansen Araújo (SESI MG), at Unicentro Newton Paiva and at his own school TEMA - Traditional school of Music and Art. Puppa has studied with Santiago Reither who comes from Havana-Club, is master of percusion and was a part of the group Sonora Havanera. Puppa has also studied with Esdras Ferreira, who is known as Neném Batera, was a former drummer of Milton Nascimento and is currently working with Beto Guedes. On 11th January 2002 he recorded his live demo CD at Utopica Marcenaria with cooperation of Fábio Gonçalves (guitar) and Aloísio Horta (contrabass). At the same time as developing this project of his her was playing with well-known musicians. In March 2002 his work was presented in many cities of Minas Gerais state, such as Itaúna, Para de Minas, Ouro Preto and Divinópolis. He was also requested to play at best places of Belo Horizonte for example: Café Belas Artes, Reciclo Asmare Cultural, Café Status and Choperia Tapas where he was playing for several months and the show was visited by many important people like athletes, politicians, musicians, journalists and critics. In year 2004 he took part in a project Léo Stalone (producers of events) under the patron ship of the industrialist Anderson Luciano (owner of Cafezinho Lounge), radio Antena 1 and Chivas Regal. Puppa has had the privilege to play with excellent musicians Chico Amaral (arranger and composer of Skank and Daniela Mercury among others), Beto Lopes, Enéas Xavier, Ricardo Fiúza (keyboard player of Fernanda Abreu), Kleber Alves, Toninho Horta, etc. In 2005 Puppa worked briefly with a rock group Tana 1 and played at Noite de Salvador with friends Cesário Leone, Luisinho Assis e Paulo Andrade. In April he started an Afro-Brazilian musical exploration, especially exploring northeast rhythms and making creative music with elements of pop, classical music and elements from different cultures without losing the Brazilian core. At the end of 2006 he returned to Belo Horizonte to start a new journey, working in a studio, conducting, arranging making a CD of Banda Deriva and of other artists of different styles. He played at nights with the singer Renato Mattos and a singer and composer POP Daniel Bravo. He returned with his instrumental work in high and good style presenting a temporada in February 2007 at Café Status and not long after at Villa Rizza where he was presenting until the month of May. He also played at charming and elegant restaurants Botica, Graciliano and Friday’s on weekly basis. Puppa commemorated his 32nd birthday by producing and playing with the spectacular singer and composer Claudio Zoli from Rio de Janeiro at Betim and at Café da Travessa on 7th and 8th of July 2007.
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At 7:30am on December 8, 2010, Petra Caramela said…
Hi again! Check out my new page on
and my songs on the "reverbnation" PLAYER on my page here.. P
At 12:06pm on April 26, 2010, Petra Caramela said…
hi puppa, check me out on: http://www.myspace.com/petracaramela
few new songs there, cd ready but longer songs versions still coming.
its been busy but great fun. hope you are fine, have fun!
stay connected, p
At 3:09pm on September 23, 2008, Marissa Dodge said…
Yo Puppa, I love your music and beautiful, fluid groove! There's nothing like a good drummer ;o) I look forward to hearing more and more of you. Brasil has some of the best music and musicians in the universe. Eu amo Brasil e sua música apaixonado. Muitas bênçãos a você, meu irmão.
At 12:40pm on September 7, 2008, Hobo said…
Great tunes!
At 9:38pm on August 24, 2008, LANCE MARTIN said…
Great Great Great!
At 3:11pm on August 24, 2008, Katja Ollikainen said…
Great music, great pictures! I enjoy visiting your page a lot! And you seem to be very soulful person with a good taste of music and talent. Take care! Hugs - Katja -
At 3:16pm on July 31, 2008, Faith said…
Hello Puppa....thank you for the invite, I like your music! Blessings...have a wonderful weekend!
At 2:05am on July 21, 2008, Katja Ollikainen said…
Thanks Puppa for being here! This page really swings.... I'm in the mood of your jazzy sound at the moment and enjoy this rainy summer vacation wich I'm having for few weeks from this moment on. Everyone in this network seem to be some kind of musician, it makes me wonder if theres any "only" listener except me..??;) Anyway, take care and kiitos for your music! -Katja-
At 4:52pm on July 18, 2008, Ms Taylor P Collins said…
Puppa you are absolutely incredibly fabulous..thank you so much for the invitation..cant wait to hear more..

At 3:39pm on July 18, 2008, Eileina said…
Oi Puppa!
Che lindo your sound and energy!!
Thanks for the visit and the invitation... it's a musical pleasure...... Hope you can make it to Savassi Jazz next month... Keep in touch!!!
Once again... muito obrigada.... tchau!!

















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