VOL.43 – “MARACATU” Edition
★ THE MARACATU NIGHT ★
LIVE IN THE FLOOR
♫ AFOJUBÁ BATUQUE BERLIN ♫
♫ BAQUE FORTE BERLIN ♫
♫ MARACATU-TREFFEN ♫
♫ MARAFOXE NAÇÃO NAGO ♫
LIVE ON THE STAGE
★ NOVO SAMBA BERLIN ★
★ FORRÓ MARAGANDÁ ★
ON THE TURNTABLES
Strictly Vinyl Tropical Dance Party
★ GArRinchA & Dr.Sócrates ★
Featuring Special Guest ★ Grace Kelly
“With the intensive slave trade in Brazil during the 16th century, the number of black slaves soon far exceeded the number of Portuguese in the colony. In order to maintain control over the situation and for administrative purposes, the Portuguese in the year 1538 made it a practice to appoint so-called “kings” and “queens” among the black slaves. These “royalties” enjoyed a privileged status, compared to other slaves, over which they were given authority to “reign”. The coronation ceremonies of the black kings, which were called “Kings of Congo” (Reis do Congo) were surrounded by festivities, called congadas, where music and dance played an important part. In the state of Pernambuco, the encounter between African percussion-based music and the more melodic Portuguese music tradition during the congada festivities, gave rise to a new style of music: maracatu.
Maracatu music is driven by percussion instruments called alfaia, tarol, caixa, ganzá, agogô (also knows as gonguê) and zabumba, the sound of which is accompanied by a solo singer. The alfaia and tarol drums emit an unusually deep, heavy and powerful sound, which creates the thunderous beat that is the main characteristic of maracatu music. The sound waves of these drums affect not just the ears of the listener, but the whole body.
With the abolition of slavery in Brazil in 1888, the coronations of the “Kings of Congo” also came to an end. But the maracatu music stayed very much alive and became the most popular music among the lower classes in Pernambuco, especially during the carnival and other religious festivities. During carnival, different maracatu group’s started to form processions and parades, often dressed in extravagant and colorful outfits, and thus in many ways preceded the samba processions, which were later to become the trade mark of the Rio de Janeiro carnival. The maracatu groups were called “nações” (nations) and played much the same role as the samba schools of Rio de Janeiro. Several of these maracatu nations still exist today, including Nação Elefante (founded in 1800), Leão Coroado (founded in 1863) and Estrela Brilhante (founded in 1910).
On the modern Brazilian popular music scene the Recife based band Nação Zumbi is by far the most famous representative of maracatu music. Nação Zumbi, lead by their charismatic singer and songwriter Chico Science, took Brazil by storm during the mid 1990’s, with an exciting blend of modern rock music and the heavy percussion sound of traditional maracatu. Cordel do Fogo Encantado and Pedro Luis e a Parede are two other popular contemporary bands, which have repeatedly used maracatu in their music.”
MARACATU PROGRAM, INFOS, FOTOS, VIDEOS, SOUNDS
BATUQUE AFOJUBÁ BERLIN
BAQUE FORTE BERLIN
MARAFOXE NAÇÃO NAGÔ
EVENT POSTER and FLYER
AFTER MARACATU PROGRAM, INFOS, FOTOS, VIDEOS, SOUNDS
★NOVO SAMBA BERLIN★
For the first time in the Tropical Diaspora the Group Novo Samba Berlin is a group which can play all kind of Samba even the ones the most people don´t know in Europe like Pagode, Samba de Raiz, Samba de Enrredo Batucada or Samba-Reggae. The Band was founded the year 2014 by professional musicians from South America that have a extensive experience in the musical cultural area. The Band and their components offers concert, gigs, shows, entertainment with Samba dancers and acrobatics in Capoeira or music dance workshops. For the Maracatu Night presented by Tropical Diaspora the band will finalize the Maracatu Performance with the Forró Band Maragandá to complete this great night of the Brazilian culture in the YAAM.
More Infos: http://www.sambaberlin.com
The Brazilian Latin rhythms are known world wide, we experience in the last years a explosion popularity in Europe of one specific rhythm, also the Forró. Berlin as the unofficial diaspora capital in Germany couldn’t stay out in this development and bring out for sure one of the most powerful forró band in Europe. With a strong traditional forró repertoire rhythms like xote, baião and arrasta-pé. The basic formation of the band with Philipe Alves playing Accordion, João Afojubá with Percussions, Fabiano Lima with the Zabumba and Mariano Habib with the Triangle is enough to bring the floor to dance together all night long and beyond bring people from all districts in the city to the place where they play. In the last two tropical diaspora events the band had a guest from Pernambuco – Brazil playing Rabeca the violin instrument adapted to the forró, his name is Hans Santos and live in Germany for a while this year and will be in the next event for the last time this year, also don´t miss the 28.08.15 inna YAAM Berlin. The last event in the whole original formation featuring Hans Santos with the Rabeca was the highlight in this year for me as Tropical Diaspora and for our guest that couldn’t imagine what a wonderful night they would experience.
Featuring Felipe Gusmão – Cavaquinho
After Show Tropical Dance Party all Night Long with
Featuring Special Guest
Grace Kelly (Salvador / Berlin)
★ Afro-Brazilian and Latin American Beats★
DJ Grace Kelly Mix combines mainly Afro-Brazilian music with Latin American sounds like baile funk, that her mix with electro and house. But as any cross-cultural DJ is also influenced by other rhythms and with her trained ear she catch Oriental Breakbeats and Eastern rhythms that make their way through her mix.
GArRinchA (São Paulo / Berlin)
★ Strictly Vinyl Rare Brazilian and Afro Latinamerica Grooves ★
★ GARrinchA, the resident spinner and creator of the Tropical Diaspora Roots Sound, describes his party’s musical ethos as “A new platform for live music and performance in Berlin dedicated to the fusion of different styles, a culture way that is especially cultivated in Brazil since the days of Tropicalia.”He’s right: The melting pot of samba, bossa, cumbia, dancehall, Afrobeat, Funk, Soul, Salsa and many other styles results in a bump ‘n’ grind groove that the people can’t get enough of. Fresh from gigs in Brazil, the DJ are kicking off a new series of monthly parties in the YAAM (www.yaam.de), featuring many local Bands and DJ´s from Europe and worldwide.
Dr. Sócrates (Vigo / Berlin)
★ Strictly Vinyl Afro Beat meet Latin Vibrations on the Turntables ★
★ Dr. Sócrates is a Dj and he really have a Dr. in addition. Author, writer and Art Exhibition curator based in Berlin he come from Galicia in North of Spain. Dr. Sócrates has been djing in Berlin for more than ten years in the underground scene, his mix between Afrobeat, Latin, Boogaloo, Reggae, Black Music and much more is the result of a tireless and thorough search for the Beats and Artists that not belong to the music main stream business, thus Dr. Sócrates spins always a lot of surprises with music that you really want to listen but you do not know how.
Show respect! Good behavior is a must! Against homophobia and discrimination
THE TROPICAL DIASPORA EXPERIENCE
LIVE AND STRICTLY VINYL
*Diaspora is the dispersion of a population from their native land (from Greek διασπορά, “scattering, dispersion”)
About the Music from a diasporic point of view
Recently, scholars have distinguished between different kinds of diaspora, based on its causes such as imperialism, trade or labor migrations, or by the kind of social coherence within the diaspora community and its ties to the ancestral lands. Some diaspora communities maintain strong political ties with their homeland. Other qualities that may be typical of many diasporas are thoughts of return, relationships with other communities in the diaspora, and lack of full assimilation into the host country.With the Tropical Diaspora Roots Sound we try to make reflections on a diasporic phenomenon in the Music. This refection show us that the whole Music we select in our events and all other movements connected to the tropical term come originally from Africa. All music styles at the and come directly from there or was reinvented in an African diaspora in other continents like south America, Carib or north America. Currently we experience the clash of all Diaspora in Europe where all people from all over the world can meet and share his own musical influences with other people. The result of this melting pot we call TROPICAL DIASPORA and fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony that happens in Berlin at the YAAM. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Tropical Diaspora is. You have to hear it for yourself! An example of our concept of diaspora in the music, the Tropical Diaspora Vol. 26 in the old YAAM Venue -12 Grad Celsius.Two legends in the Afrobeat together in the stage with a young band with guys from many countries in Europe also Akwasi & Kologbo Feat. World Squad with the song by Kologbo – Remember Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
“I want to play music that is meaningful, that stands the test of time,”. “It’s no longer commercial; it’s deep African music, serious music,….” – FELA KUTI
★Show respect! Good behavior is a must! Against homophobia and discrimination★