The NC Brazilian Arts Project team consists of many talented artists from various backgrounds and specialties. Our goal is to continue to educate ourselves and our community in the joy that is Brazilian culture.


Felipe Paz

Percussionist, Capoeirista

Felipe Paz, originally from Mexico, began studying and practicing Capoeira in 2009. He currently trains under Mestre Esquilo of the International Capoeira school and Contra-Mestre Zumbi, in Charlotte.

Felipe has traveled to Brazil many times since 2014 to learn more about Brazilian culture and capoeira.

Felipe began learning and studying various percussion instruments through Capoeira and his time with NCBAP. Currently, he is studying under Master percussionist, Luciano Xavier of Bahia, Brazil.

Felipe has been a member of the NC Brazilian Arts Project since its inception. He hopes to continue to fulfill his dream of sharing his joy and passion for the Brazilian arts.  He is also a big fan of kittens and puppies.


Davey Blackburn




Marcos De Paula

Percussionist, Drummer

Born in Campinas-SP Brasil, Marcos is a local percussionist since his teenage years. After having learned basic drum set techniques in Mexico City in 1988, Marcos moved to Grants Pass, OR where he played in his high school marching band and percussion ensemble. In 2001 Marcos was a member of the first local Rock en Español band in Charlotte NC playing original and covers of other South American Latin Rock acts.

Currently Marcos is a founding member of the local band MoFunGo and a member of NC Brasilian Arts Project as a percussionist