GENIVAL 'TIMBALADA' SOUZA

Creative / Show Director

Timbalada is well known as one of the most dynamic, explosive and magnetic Brazilian performing artists in Australia. He is regularly featured in the media and associated with major Brazilian local and international events including the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, The FIFA World Cup 2014, Brazilian Carnaval and other major Brazilian events.

Renowned as one of the foremost Brazilian percussionists in Australia, Timbalada’s several career highlights include working with well known musical director Chong Lim at the Australian Olympic Team’s official “1 Year To Rio” gala event presented by the AOC and Channel 7.  He performed on Channel for the national announcement of their broadcaster rights to the Rio Olympic Games as well as for their countdown to the Rio Olympics. He also appeared on the Channel 7 Morning Show to unveil the official FIFA World Cup 2014 match ball, the Adidas Brazuca on national television just minutes after the unveiling of the ball in Rio.

Timbalada has performed alongside many internationally acclaimed artists including Rio’s King of Carnaval, Carlinhos Salgueiro, the world famous Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes in Hong Kong, Brazilian percussion band Olodum in Sydney, and the world famous musician Paul Simon.

Timbalada’s media and commercial credits are extensive. He has featured on Channel 10 News, Channel 9 News, Channel 7 Sunrise, Channel 7 The Morning Show, So You Think You Can Dance Australia and was featured on the cover of MX Magazine twice. Timbalada has also appeared as an extra in the films Manny Lewis (Australian Film) and Heyy Babyy (Bollywood Film) and on television commercials for brands including Sims, Metamucil, Rapid Loss and the Powerbeat 360 Speakers.

Hailing from Bahia in Brazil, Timbalada has been playing drums and dancing since he was a child. He trained in Brazil with the renowned percussion band Timbalada (from where he gets his performance name) and studied the Brazilian martial art Capoeira with the group Topazio. Timbalada is proficient in numerous styles of Brazilian percussion and dance.

After performing in Brazil for many years, Timbalada toured Europe with the Axe BaBa Dance Company (1999 – 2000). Whilst in Europe, he taught Brazilian / Latin dance at various schools including the Lisbon University in Portugal. Since moving to Australia in 2001, Timbalada has become one of the most well respected and sought after Brazilian performance artists in the country.

Timbalada’s performance credits include most major festivals and venues throughout Australia including The Sydney Opera House, Good Vibrations Festival, Big Day Out, Bacardi Latin Festival, Darling Harbour Fiesta, Ritmo Brazilian Festival, The Smirnoff Nightlife Exhange Project, The South Amercian Festival, Sydney Salsa Congress, Wodonga Carnival Festival, Canberra Festival, Brazilian Carnaval at The Ivy and major Brazilian events across Australia.  He has also appeared in several commercials for brands such as Sims, Rapid Loss, Metamucil and more.

Also a promoter of various events including Brazilian Carnaval, FIFA World cup celebrations and many more, Timbalada is well loved personality in the Brazilian community.

Timbalada is extremely passionate about his culture and dedicated to sharing the positive energy and spirit of Brazilian music and dance with authenticity and integrity.

He is a dynamic and magnetic front man and his unmistakeable signature energy is a trademark of Rhythm Brazil’s infectious shows.