Ritmos Mestiços


Take a musical journey with these West African and Afro-Brazilian rhythms with these unique musical arrangements from the center of Afro-Brazilian culture, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

Created for dance classes, this music will get you up out of your seat!


Brazilian dance music straight from the well-worn hallways of the Cultural Foundation of Bahia (Fundação Cultural do Estado da Bahia – FUNCEB) — the pre-professional dance program in Salvador.

In Salvador, dancers are lucky enough to play to live drumming, something that dancers in most of the world can only dream about. But virtually all dance classes in Salvador are graced with the presence of world-class musicians. Really, it’s true!

Bira composed and created this album, Ritmos Mestiços, when he was one of those drummers. So, he knows exactly what a dance professor and student need to bring Afro-Brazilian dance to life.

Within the album you’ll find original compositions rich with the traditional rhythms of west Africa as well as the Afro-Brazilian culture — including samba de roda, samba reggae, candomblé, and maracatu.

Song list

  1. Bataxalá (5:46)
  2. Linguagem de Berimbaus (5:45)
  3. Samba Duro (5:04)
  4. Bravum (3:30)
  5. Afro Dois Santos (4:31)
  6. Ilus (4:17)
  7. Africanismo (5:49)
  8. Aguerê de Oxóssi (3:11)
  9. Improvísio Baiano (4:08)
  10. 6 por 8 (5:34)
  11. Samba Reggae (5:03)
  12. Maracás (5:42)
  13. Afro Merengue (5:16)
  14. Ramunha (3:01)

Total play time: 66:37

All songs are either from the public domain or are original compositions of Bira’s. All arrangements are by Bira Santos.

Usage rights

While this music is being sold for personal use only, we know we can’t control what happens once it’s downloaded — and know it is used commercially without credit or monetary compensation. We also recognize that many Brazilian dance professors using the music are also independent artists that can’t realistically afford licensing fees. So we ask that if you use it in your dance class that you please give credit to Bira. Bonus points if you also share a link to this page with your students so they can get a copy of the album.

For any other commercial projects, please contact us for licensing.

Thank you for supporting this small, independent artist!


  • Bira Santos: Berimbau, Congas, Djembe, Effects, Surdo, Timbau
  • Everaldo Santos: Congas, Djembe, Surdo Virado, Effects
  • Júnior Ribeiro: Berimbau, Conga, Agogô, Tamborim
  • Cristiano: Timbau, Effects
  • George: Conga, Repique, Timbau
  • Alex: Timbau, Effects
  • Amber: Congas


  • Concept: Bira Santos
  • Direction and Adaptation: Bira Santos & Everaldo Santos
  • Cover art: Matos
  • Graphics: Orla Jensen
  • Recording Location: Diáspora Art Center
  • Recording: Amber
  • Overall Producer: Bira Santos
  • Production Assistant: Rachel Santos

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