Sonoridades Ancestrais


What do you get when you combine the Afro-Brazilian music and rhythms with a Trinidad and Tobago-inspired handpan-style instrument?

Why, this album, of course.

The hypnotic groove works for both meditation as well as interpretive dance.


In this album of 100% original arrangements, Bira used an Idiopan, a handpan style instrument inspired by the steel drums of Trinidad and Tobago, to add harmony and melody to traditional Afro-Brazilian rhythms.

There is a strong Candomblé element to this album, with many songs coming directly from the Candomblé Ketu tradition, where Bira is initiated and an alabé. This album is an homage to the Orixás.

Bira composed, recorded, and mixed this album from home during the pandemic.

Song list

  1. Canto para Exu (2:54)
  2. Zambi é (3:21)
  3. Orixalá (4:08)
  4. Arcoiris Sonoro (3:22)
  5. Oxum (2:33)
  6. Tinitini (3:54)
  7. Ama Siarama (1:43)
  8. Obatalá (2:47)
  9. Nordeste (1:48)
  10. Oxalá (3:09)
  11. Oxossi é Meu Guia (2:55)
  12. Saudação a Oxum (2:26)
  13. Bahia tem Africa (3:30)
  14. Iemanjá (3:10)
  15. Movimentos (2:50)

Total play time: 44:30

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: Idiopan, Atabaques, Indian Drum, Talking Drum, Agogô, Ofaia, Gourds, Cajon, Xequere, Caxixi, Effects
  • Guest Vocalist: Jen Cogburn
  • Jen Santos: Loop Effects


  • Concept: Bira Santos
  • Direction and Adaptation: Bira Santos
  • Recording and Mixing: Bira Santos
  • Cover photo: Jen Santos
  • Recording Location: Studio Por do Sol
  • Overall Producer: Bira Santos
  • Production Assistant: Jen Santos

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