Carlos de Oliviera has been playing the Brazilian pandeiro for over 50 years, primarily with the renowned samba school of Mangueira. The pandeiro is a frame drum played with the hands and is one of the most important instruments in Brazilian folkloric music: samba, chorro, forro and the more modern pagodge. It is also an important instrument in the bateria (drum corps) for the samba school. De Oliviera has played with almost every notable artist in Brazilian music and returns to Brazil each year to lead the Mangueira samba school during Rio’s carnaval. In addition to the pandeiro, de Oliviera plays all the percussion instruments in the Brazilian samba tradition.