Location Salvador, BA
Grantee 2018
Attended areas Education and Culture


Music as a tool for social transformation

More than 150,000 people live in the neighborhoods of northeast of Amaralina in the city of Salvador, a community with high crime rates and drug trafficking, which offer very few cultural and educational opportunities for its residents.

Quabales was created by Marivaldo dos Santos, a musician born and raised in Amaralina, who now resides in New York City and has been part of the innovative international percussion group “STOMP” for 15 years.

Quabales utilizes a musical style that involves expression through body movements and the use of conventional and unconventional instruments, often made by the students themselves with recyclable material collected from the community. The initiative helps children gain self-respect, discipline, and develop independence, in effect improving their performance at school.

With support from Vivo à Beira, Quabales will:

• Begin construction of its own headquarters;
• Create a cultural space in the community so that it can continue to offer music instruction to youth and kids.


Construction of a new headquarters
Training future professional musicians
Music education for low-income children

The efforts taken to improve the life of a young person reverberate positively throughout the community and society.” – Fernanda Mello, Project Coordinator

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