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Emiliano Benevides is an internationally recognized percussionist.... A professional musician and teacher, Benevides recently presented Drumming Out Hunger, a samba bash at Fort Mason to benefit Fome Zero, Brazil's anti-hunger initiative.”

San Francisco Chronicle – Brazil by the Bay Article - May 1st, 2005

“Percussionist EMILIANO BENEVIDES also gets an intensity award, but his mania seems to be a little more lighthearted. ....surrounded by a plethora of percussive objects with far too many X's in their names to be native to here.”

Metro Active March 09, 2005.



"...Partly because bat also means "to beat," perfect for a band with such a powerful rhythmic foundation. Percussionist-singer Emiliano Benevides provides that pulse..."-


 East Bay Express February 11, 2004




Photo of Emiliano at the DRUM! Magazine    Number 98 June/July 2004


"...Percussionist Emiliano Benevides, four kit drummers, and other skin slappers make this a joyful listening experience..."


- Modern Drummer March 2004 Page 162


"...Percussionist Emiliano Benevides, king of the pandeiro and the zabumba, brings an element of theatrics and lighthearted fun..."

- The Beat Magazine Volume 22 No. 5 2003


"...But Benevides is the bat that drops the Brazilian beats, fusing samba pagode with funk and rock, which gives the band its soul..."

- The Latin Beat Magazine October 2003 Volume 13 number 8

"Every year there are uforgettable nights; last year's students and teachers remember the night the forró ran wild, with Airto Moreira on triangle, Carlos Oliveira and Emiliano Benevides on zabumba, students dancing up dust storms, on and on in true Brazilian style until nearly daybreak"

- The Beat Magazine Volume 22 No. 2 2003



"I believe that never in the history of San Francisco a musician was as important...to the Brazilian community...
Long live Emiliano! Long live the Penta! Long live the Brazilian Selection! Long live Brazil!"

- Brazil Today (after the 5th Brazilian World Cup Victory) 2002


Carnival in San Francisco, California.

Emiliano Benevides & Marija Stefanac appearing at the San Francisco Chronicle.

May 29th, 2002


"Emiliano Benevides...danced with the joyful exuberance and abandon that the crowd had come to see"

- San Francisco Bay View May 29th 2002


"Emiliano Benevides leads the percussion cause"

- The Beat Magazine Volume 20 No.5 2001


"(Emiliano) Benevides is a captivating and charismatic force. One of the busiest musicians in the city"

- San Francisco Bay Guardian 2002


“...A partir de agora tudo vai ser elogios, sobre tudo a voz e a seção rítimica....

...A produção é maravilhosa e nenhum instrumento fica em segundo plano


Bateria Total – Espanha 2002 –

Artigo sobre o CD RIPE-Produzido por Emiliano e Alex “Xamba” Cotta.

“It was a great pleasure to work with Emiliano- a young & talented percussionist . I just can say that he can have a great future in Brazil or anywhere around the Globe.”

-JOSIMAR MONTEIRO Producer/Musician & Director of Velha Guarda da Mangueira


Contact: emiliano @ emiliano.com