Biography All Music Guide
All Music Guide:
Drummer and percussionist Duduka Da Fonseca was born in Rio de Janeiro. He has been playing drums since he was 12 and by the age of 15 was performing with some of the most experienced musicians in Brazil. In 1975, Da Fonseca moved to New York where his career flourished playing with such ensembles as Brazilian Express, New York Samba Band, and the Brazilian All Stars. Along the way, Da Fonseca was a faculty member at the Drummers Collective in New York and has conducted workshops in Japan and Europe. He is also the author of the instructional book and tape set Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset. Throughout his career, Da Fonseca has performed and recorded with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Herbie Mann, John Scofield, Gerry Mulligan, Joe Henderson, and many others. In 1992, he co-founded Trio da Paz with guitarist Romero Lubambo and bassist Nilson Matta. They have several releases available on the Malandro label.