rhythms ignite the dance floor when the Brazil Beat Sound System steps up. The
cutting-edge percussion & DJ collective fuses roots Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Latin
rhythms with electronic beats, a unique blend of dance music and live drumming.
Live drumming and percussion are the roots of Brazil Beat.
Internationally renowned Brazilian master percussionist Nego Beto
sets the tempo with drum rhythms that have come down through 400 years of African presence
in Brazil. Samba, afoxé, ijexá, xangô, all are played reverently and with unparalleled
energy. The rhythms of capoeira take on a new fire when coupled with ragamuffin stylee,
infused with thunderous basslines. These rhythms originate from the candomblé religion
(syncretic mix of African spiritism and Catholicism), which developed in Brazil and
continues to be a huge part of Brazilian culture, a culture shared with Cuba (santeria)
and other Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean populations. Nego Beto has taken his rhythms to
five continents, touring, recording and educating over his 20 year career. His riveting
performances on congas, timbales, bongos, electronic drums and varied percussion
instruments send audiences into a delirium of dancing.
DJ Mara spins Brazilian and world music without boundaries
alongside deep house, funky breaks & the occasional drum-n-bass. Original beats and
basslines are the foundation of Brazil Beat, extracting the tribal from the technological,
polling the raw energy of live performance.
The Brazil Beat show is something not easily forgotten.
Uncluttered, hypnotic loops, compounded by drum solos and dancehall-style vocals lift
crowds to new heights. Samba, samba-reggae, timbalada and Afro-Brazilian rhythms meet
heavy electronic beats. "We develop the arrangements together," says Nego,
"Always thinking about the percussion, because the drums are the core of
everything." Mara adds, "We are always remixing our own material, striving to
get that perfect sound."
Nego and Mara write the "Brazil Beat" column, a regular
feature in the Los Angeles-based reggae and world music magazine The Beat since 1993,
bringing the newest trends in Brazilian music to tens of thousands of readers.
Brazil Beat Sound System embodies Brazil's festive culture, and,
in the tradition of Carnival, can expand to include a larger corps of
performers--musicians, dancers, etc., creating endless possibilities for grooves and
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