Tradition, Culture: What’s About

Opanije is proudly made in Brazil, founded by Brazilians to share Brazilian and Traditional culture from Africa and it’s Diaspora to the World.

Team’s History

Visconde and Pai de Santo began working on an idea together in 2020, and then the concept for Opanije started expanding, as the Pandemic changed drastically the reality of Traditional Culture in Brazil.

Opanije started then its way to becoming a platform where students can engage with teachers, learn and find free resources on traditional arts.

Opanije Founders

Visconde and Pai de Santo after a  show in  “Kilombo Mesquita” in 2018

Team Members

Pai de Santo

Junior Traditional Arts Teacher

Junior “Pai de Santo” is a Percussionist and Percussion Teacher who has decades of experience in Traditional Arts ensembles, Bands, Percussion for Dance, and more.

Starting his professional musical career as early as 14 in Salvador, Bahia, he has played for famous bands, traveled around the world, and worked with several of Brazil’s mainstream artists. He is also from a Traditional community, being a Candomblé Practitioner, where he holds the title of OTUN ALABÊ, a distinctive responsibility in the Terreiro. To learn more this means, you refer to our Guide to Candomblé.

Pai de Santo Bio Page




Visconde is Opanije’s Writer, writing from personal and oral history accounts, as well as deep research within Traditional Arts.

Visconde is also a percussionist, having several years of experience, playing with Bands, Traditional culture groups, and playing with Master teachers. Visconde started working professionally as a writer during the Pandemic and hasn’t stopped since, writing pieces on Opanije and other cultural sites.

Visconde Bio Page 

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Learning Center

    Our Percussion Course is a subscription model that provides a unique opportunity for percussion students to learn directly from Master Teachers from Traditional communities.

    Get feedback directly from the teachers, and connect to the culture’s own keepers.

    This online course offers invaluable and previously unavailable content, based on the traditional arts with life experience passed down through generations.

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    Our musical instruments represent special experiences, allowing you to explore the vibrant sounds, colors, and culture of the instrument itself.

    Our instruments aren’t mass-produced in a factory, but rather imbued with cultural weight and history.

    Made by Master Craftsmen in Brazil

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    Get your Afro-Diasporic and Afro-Brazilian information directly from the source.

    Learn about the Origins of Samba

    What are Traditional Arts

    What is Samba and Candomblé, and much more!


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We offer a percussion course that features direct contact with a Master Teacher!

You can start learning with traditional style teachings: no theory or textbooks!

Learn by oral teaching methods: Discover a new way to understand Rhythm!

To Observe and listen are the basic principle upon which our teachers, and their teacher, and so on for several generations, learned, and so can you!

You can also check out our Shop, to find Atabaques, Pandeiros, Agogôs, Caxixis, and many other Brazilian instruments, each one made by master craftsmen such as Mestre Dinho, from Pelourinho in Salvador.

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