They're (new) dots, Jim... but not as we know it
We are now using "MangoDrum" and we encourage you to use them too so long as you do not share them in any way with those who are not current members of Bloco Fogo.
It is free for the player only version (which is all you need) and the latest version can be downloaded here. (4.86Mb)
Once you have installed the program you need to load the "grid" for the tune you want to study.
While MangoDrum is STRONGLY recommended, for those who can't or won't, an adobe PDF format version is also included. This will open on most peoples browsers automatically. If not, a free reader can be downloaded here, though of course this does not give you the audio benefits of MangoDrum.
Hip Hoppa V1.00 .Grid pfd
Samba Duro .grid pdf
Veronica v1.00.1 .Grid
You should note that while changes are increasingly rare, these materials should be used for reference only and written content shouldn't take precedence over oral instructions in rehearsals and / or performances.
Subject to change at any time with or without notice (or conceivable reason) at the sole discretion of the Mestres!... so, there.
The old dots were written by Dan Noyek for personal use but over the years slowly grew to be the semi-official reference version of the band's material. They have not been properly reviewed for some time, as the focus is shifting to MangoDrum. However, as the transition will be gradual, the committee and mestres agreed that they should be published in the interim for those that want them. The old dots can be downloaded from here, most are in Microsoft Excel format for which there is a free viewer program for those that need it.
The dots are reasonably accurate and complete, although they are certainly not perfect. Some of the more recent changes to the structure/parts of tunes are not included and a few of the bell lines in particular are missing or different to what is now played. You are welcome to use them so long as you do not share them with those outside the band. Please let firstname.lastname@example.org know if you do see something that seems wrong as that will help ensure that any mistakes do not get copied into MangoDrum.
Mangodrum is a very simple to use percussion program for Windows XP and 7* which uses an easy to understand grid format for displaying the rhythm patterns. Mangodrum lets you see, and hear what we play and allows you to slow the tempo and focus on as many or as few parts as you wish.
Change the volume and balance of each instrument
The volume and balance of the different instruments can be altered to isolate just the part you are interested in learning.
Choose the speed for your composition
The speed or tempo of your composition can be changed while your composition is being played.
Metronome for practice
If you use Mangodrum to help with practising a piece then a metronome can be switched on or off.
* MangoDrum is designed for Windows™ XP, 7, 8 and possibly 10 - It has been installed successfully on Windows 10 by members of the band, although at last checking the Author's website does not list it officially. If you’re a MAC user then you’ll need to install an emulator type plugin such as ‘Winebottler’, ‘Parallels’ or ‘Fusion’ plus Windows OS in order to run the application.
|Title (Active / Inactive)||Grid||Latest Version||Latest update|
|6/8 Iyesa||Dots 2.0.7||Mar 2016|
|Burning Clocks, Afro 2012||Dots 2.3.6||Nov 2015|
|Bahia||Dots 1.2.8||Jan 2015|
|Bave||Dots 1.3.2||Jan 2014|
|Calypso||Dots 1.4.8||Sep 2015|
|Eric 2013 (+Makuta)||Dots 2.1.2||Aug 2013|
|Hip Hoppa||Yes||Mango 1.00||May 2017|
|Jo’s Little Pony||Dots 1.4.7||Dec 2013|
|Magalenga + B.C.2010||Dots 1.2.9||Oct 2016|
|Maquina Do Tempo (Marcha)||Yes||Yes||Mango 1.00||Jan 2016|
|Masala 6/8||Yes||Yes||Mango 1.01||Oct 2016|
|Mozambique (Burning C. 2011)||Dots 1.6.2||Oct 2013|
|Ragga||Dots MMA 1||Jan 2016|
|Reggae Atlantico||Dots 1.1.9||Apr 2015|
|Reggaton||Dots 1.3.1||Nov 2017|
|Samba (Old)||Dots 1.2.7||Apr 2017|
|Samba (JP – New)||Yes||Yes||Mango 1.00||Apr 2017|
|Samba Duro||Dots 1.3.2.||Aug 2016|
|Samba reggae||Dots 1.2.3||Jan 2016|
|Superfunk||Yes||Yes||Mango 1.00||Aug 2015|
|Veronica||Yes||Mango 1.00.1||Apr 2016|