Confirmed, Joao Donato, the extraordinary master composer of Bossa Nova and Latin Jazz and Brazilian pianist will attend the “Havana Rhythm and Dance Festival” 2018.
Joao Donato, the artist of countless famous songs like Bananeira, Amazonas and Grammy winner will delight us with his piano at the XVII edition of the Drum Festival. The teacher Donato is an authentic legend of the Bossa Nova and has composed songs with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luis Gonzaga, Eumir Deodato, Segio Mendes, and Joao Gilberto among others.
Donato is an excellent trombonist pianist whose melodies have been sung all over the world.
The fantastic composer has always said that after the music of Brazil, Cuban music was his favorite, as he has shown with countless songs inspired by Cuba to the rhythm of Cha cha cha and boleros.
Donato was a member of Grupo de MongoSantamaría in the 60’s; he also collaborated with Cal Tjaders and Tito Puente, which marked a clear Latin influence in his compositions.
More than 40 albums with different artists make Joao Donato today the greatest exponent of Brazilian music beyond the borders of this country. In 2010 he was awarded with a Grammy for the best Latin Jazz Album for his fantastic CD Sambolero.
To the invitation to attend the next edition of the “Havana Rhythm and Dance Festival” 2018 that pays tribute to Brazil, Donato did not think about it for 5 seconds and said "I'm going to go". He did not put conditions and repeated insistently that he was very happy to be able to return to Cuba.
For the first time in the history of “Havana Rhythm and Dance Festival” , in this next edition, the festival will pay tribute to Brazil as a country in which percussion is, as in Cuba, the backbone of its music and culture. “Havana Rhythm and Dance Festival” is an international festival dedicated to percussion that has been celebrated in Cuba for 18 years with an attendance of more than 2,500 musicians from all over the world. The XVII Edition of the “Havana Rhythm and Dance Festival” will be held in Havana from March 5 to 11, 2018.