Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done....
Frederick Douglass (read all quotes)

Harlem Samba

Harlem Samba is a Brazilian Percussion ensemble modeled after the samba school baterias of the Rio de Janeiro carnival.  The group’s members are students, alumni and friends of the Frederick Douglass Academy, a high performing public high school in Harlem, New York City.

Harlem Samba is available to play all types of events.  We have several performance options ranging from as small as six players to as many as 75.  Stage shows including singers, cavaquinho and dancers are also available.  For more about Harlem Samba visit

Welcome Video

The Frederick Douglass Academy offers a college preparatory education for grades 6-12 and is known for its rigorous academic program with a proven track record of success by encouraging students to challenge themselves, take pride in their hard work, and commitments.

Visit our Alumni Video Testimonials to hear the experiences of some of our former students.