The work of Nego Gato, Inc. began thirty years ago. Our Artistic Director, Jose Sena, was then a young boy performing the beautiful art forms of Capoeira, Orixa dance and Afro-Brazilian music throughout Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. In time, his reputation grew and he earned the name Nego Gato for his acrobatic springs and jumps. Gato performed throughout Brazil, Latin America and Europe with groups Tenda dos Milagres and Viva Bahia. As his reputation grew so did his travel and he soon found himself teaching and performing throughout the United States.
Gato believes that it was only because his ancestors left for him these cultural treasures that he did not succumb to the dangers of the streets of Salvador, Brazil. Because of Gato's history our mission is to empower the African community throughout the diaspora while enriching the world community. We do this through the performance and instruction of the arts of Bahia, Brazil.
Our performances are designed to share the beauty, variety and dynamic power of Afro-Brazilian culture. He continues to perform with his band the Nego Gato Music and Dance ensemble in venues such as The Kennedy Center with such artists as Oludum and Daniella Mercury. You can hear him on his CD entitled Baino in New York and we invite you to attend his ongoing performances and events.
The second component of our mission is fulfilled with programs of arts-empowerment. They are intended to use our art forms as a vehicle to share with youth what their culture has to offer them and what the arts can unearth in them with self-application. As part of this mission we offer the growing community who is interested in the beautiful art of Capoeira Angola academies in Pittsburgh, PA and Washington D.C.