DR. PETRUSO'S MUSICAL CAREER
IS LAUNCHED


THE UT ARLINGTON AFRO-BRAZILIAN PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
PERFORMS ITS FIRST GIG

Willie Brown Elementary School
Mansfield, Texas
February 24, 2006

(That's Dr. Petruso in the rear on the right, flailing away on an African double cowbell, as he strives valiantly to keep his fellow musicians on the beat. If it appears that his mind is wandering, it is. He is pondering whether the moment has come for him to quit his day job, hire an agent, and turn pro.)


Here's a selection of recent reviews:

"Christ, these guys are loud."
                                                  — Marco Werman, world music critic, Public Radio International

"This band has generated a lot of buzz here in Mali. My only regret is that I died before I could hear them in concert."
                                                  — Ali Farka Touré, musican and farmer

"Dr. Petruso anchors the group with a driving, rock-solid groove ... these guys really know how to turn it up to 11!"
                                                  — Sasha Frere-Jones, popular music critic, The New Yorker

"I just hope they stick with those Carnaval tunes and don't try to branch out to salsa, or—God help us—bossa nova."
                                                  — João Gilberto, Brazilian jazz phenom

"I've never seen so many rhythm-challenged ofays wearing dashikis in one place before. Kinda takes your breath away. "
                                                  — Spike Lee, filmmaker

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