Winner of “Outstanding Brazilian Male Singer based in the U.S”
2007 Brazilian International Press Awards (Florida, US)
Eduardo Mendonça, multitalented Brazilian-American recording artist, producer, vocalist, composer, and musical arranger, was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Mendonça traces his lineage to a royal African family bearing the hereditary title of Mama-Beka, prophet of the royal court. His grandfather, José Maria de Mendonça, who secretly maintained the Mama-Beka title, is pictured in a rare book, property of the Instituto Geográfico e Histórico da Bahia, which shows the elder Mendonça taking part in a crucial meeting discussing the need for freedom and established social rights for Afro-Brazilian former slaves.
Master in Arts Education at the Instituto de Música da Universidade Católica do Salvador
(Music Institute of the Catholic University of Salvador). (1980-1984)
• WOMAD Festival. Performance with Jovino Santos Neto. Redmond, WA (2001)
• Seattle City Cantabile Choir. A tribute to Brazil (Villa-Lobos) 2000, Musica do Brasil 2001. 2000-present
• Urban Rhythm Choir. Christmas Samba (Christmas Concert), Pan-Africa Concert. 1995- 2003
• Arranged and conducted, and recorded Brazilian songs to the Pacific Children’s Choir for the performances of Circle the World) in 2000.
• Music and included in Janis Mann CD – A Little Moonlight “1997”. Janis Mann is a jazz musician, Bellevue resident.
• Recorded music and included in Kofi Anang’s CD “1995”. Musician Kofi Anang is an African musician, born in Ghana.
• Percussionist for a series of workshops in Elementary schools by dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater sponsored by Meany Hall for Performing Arts of University of Washington. Seattle, WA 1995
• Performed for Governor Christine Gregoire at the Governor Mansion. Olympia, WA (2009)
• Performed for His Holiness Daly Lama at Qwest Field and Key Arena. Seattle, WA (2008)
• Opening for All-Star 2001 Pre-Game Ceremony at Safeco Field. Seattle, WA (2001)
• Performed as feature musician in command performance for Brazilian President João Baptista Figueiredo. Bahia Brazil (1989)
• Performance for the former South Africa President Nelson Mandela. Seattle, WA – USA (1999)
• Performed as feature musician in command performance for Pope John Paul II. Bahia Brazil (1991)
• Performed in trios elétricos (brightly lit mobile soundstages for festivals and public dancing) with artists such as Dengo da Bahia, Papa Léguas, and Marcos Medrado (1980-1990)
• Toured in Brazil, United States, and Canada as vocalist and percussionist with the folkloric troupe, Exaltação á Bahia. (1979-1992)
• Was featured in Paul Simon’s documentary music video, “Born at the Right Time”, which took place in Salvador, Bahia – Brazil (1991)
• Show Brazil! touring in US, Canada and Brazil. (1997- present)
• Grupo Folclórico Exaltação à Bahia, touring in Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, and US. (1977-1990)
• Washington Middle School (Seattle, WA) Winter 2008
• Methow Valley Elementary School (Winthrop, WA) Fall 2007
• Hamilton International Middle School (Seattle, WA ) Spring 2007
• Hamilton International Middle School (Seattle, WA) Winter 2006
• Washington Middle School (Seattle, WA) Winter 2006
• Washington Middle School (Seattle, WA) Winter 2005
Workshops, Talks, Conferences: many taught in US and Canada as example:
• Presenter on "Arts: Gateway to Global Education" of Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools Conference (Fall 2006)
• Panelist of Washington Cultural Congress (Leavenworth, WA 2005 – 2006)
• Panelist of American Heritage Series: Who is African-American?
(CD Forum Seattle, WA) – 2006)
• Global Fest – Calgary, AB – Canada (2005)
• Evergreen State Community College – ICAF (International Capoeira Angola Foundation)(2004)
• University of Washington (Seattle, WA). Summer 2002 – Dr. Patricia Campbell project.
• Dadfodil Valley Elementary School (Sumner, WA) (2001)
• Valhalla Elementary School (Sumner, WA) (2000)
• Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA) – In a word music class by Dr. Margaret Willson (1995)