Master Jackson is considered one of the precursors of “Samba-Reggae”, the Afro Bahian beat, entitled “Axé Music” and responsible for the creation, evolution and conservation of the important rhythms of Olodum, Muzenza, Araketu and the great Ilê Aiyê. He began his rhythmic career in the main carnival blocks of Salvador in the seventies. The big highlight was the emergence of Olodum in 1979, where he started as a rhythmist in the block, soon after becoming the band's 2nd conductor together with the great samba maestro and brother-in-law Neguinho.

MESTRE Jackson

For several years he worked as a percussionist for several Afro and Afoxés groups, participating in carnivals, workshops and shows in Bahia and in some countries such as; Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Portugal, Germany, England, France, Greece, Wales, Spain, Switzerland, Finland and Italy.

He introduced the merengue beat to the drums that gave Olodum their biggest musical hits to date. In addition to commanding the main band, he coordinated the band Mirim, revealing new talents for the block. Work aimed especially at children and teenagers from Pelourinho and adjacent neighborhoods in the historic center.

With Olodum he performed in several cities and capitals in Brazil, recorded his first albums and was part of Paul Simon's recording. In August 1988, he founded the first percussion group outside the Afro groups, the band Raízes do Pelô, thus being responsible for opening the way for various percussion groups and bands throughout Brazil and the world.

The band Raízes do Pelô recorded two albums, re-releasing one of them in the United States and Europe. In his corner he passed: Beto Jamaica, Tonho Matéria, Reinaldo, Dado Brazaville, Ytamar Tropicallia, Gabriela Santana, Valmir Brito among others.

As a musician he participated in several recordings of albums and shows by recognized artists such as: Banda Reflexos, Banda Mel, Netinho, Sarajane, Meninos do Pelô, Chiclete Com Banana, Daniela Mercury, Timbalada, Leo Gandelman, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Elba Ramalho, Baiana System, Gal Costa, and with Gal Costa he toured in the show Gal Plural, over a period of 14 months (1990-1991) in all Brazilian capitals in addition to six countries; Germany, Mexico, France, Canada, Argentina, and highlighting the Montreux festival in Switzerland.

He collaborated in the emergence of Timbalada, and did some musical work with Carlinhos Brown, Ramiro Musotto, Toni Mola, Meia Noite, Bira Reis, Jorge Sacramento (UFBA) among others. He formed street percussive groups, Barbozada and Tambores do Pelô with different rhythms existing in Samba Reggae, and revealing new percussionists on the market.

Currently he has been developing activities as a music educator in social institutions, with a commitment through music to re-socialize teenagers deprived of liberty by complying with socio-educational and social risk measures in communities. Recently, in partnership with Pracatum, the music school of musician Carlinhos Brown participated in the book “AFROBOOK”, a project mapping Afro-Bahian rhythms in scores and historical testimonies, as one of the creators of Samba Reggae - April 2018.



Saturday January 27th




10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


30 (EURO)

  • or $33 (U.S. DOLLAR)


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