Brazil Night

WorldBeat Center Presents Brazil Night!

The WorldBeat Cultural Center hosts Super Sonic Samba School’s 20th Anniversary Concert, showcasing community and professional groups representing the culture of Brazil. The night will be filled with live music, dancing, capoeira and lots of positive energy!

Super Sonic Samba

Super Sonic Samba School plays traditional samba rhythms of Brazil, featuring live percussionists, singers and dancers. The school was founded in 1990 and since that time it has become a fixture in Southern California and Northern Baja, performing at parades, festivals, weddings, clubs, grassroots demonstrations, corporate mixers, schools, parties and special events.

The school performs a range of styles: from the Rio de Janeiro Carnival marching drums of samba enredo to the jamming samba reggae of North-eastern Brazil.

The school is based on the traditional samba schools of Brazil – social groups that meet to learn and perform samba and other rhythms of their culture. These groups serve to pass down these cultural roots from one generation to the next, with the main goal of performing in the world’s largest Carnival performance in Rio de Janeiro just before lent. Super Sonic was founded with these ideas in mind.

Super Sonic Samba

Sol e Mar is a “one of a kind” versatile group that exudes passion and expertise in musical genres and styles from Latin America and the Caribbean- featuring Brazilian and Cuban music and dance with sizzling flair! This dynamic group distinguishes themselves in their ability to put you in touch with the unique energy, personality and pulse of the tropical and popular music they so enthusiastically stage and perform.

Sol e Mar delivers the perfect style for any given event- social, corporate, festival or club. The group has the ability to transform from an intimate trio to a spectacular parade to an authentic “night in Rio” floorshow to a phenomenal festival/club band complete with a powerful horn and percussion section.

Sol e mar consistently delivers authenticity, beauty, professionalism and talent in a spectacular show. Our core musicians have been performing and producing quality events for over 20 years. We have earned a reputation for our extraordinary commitment to using creativity and flexibility in order to tailor an event that will not only fulfill all expectations of our clients- but surprise and delight them as well!

Sol E Mar

Diaspora is an ensemble of musicians based in San Diego, California. The music derives from the Afro-Brazilian communities of Bahia, but has roots in many cultures. It is inspired by percussion music of the African diaspora.

Diaspora means “dispersal”, used when a culture is displaced or spreads into far-flung parts of the world, either by choice or force. This name was inspired by the African diaspora of the central Atlantic, from West Africa to the Caribbean to Brazil. The music we play is mainly inspired by cultures within, and affected by, this diaspora. We also take “African Diaspora” in its extended form: the dispersal of all people of the world from our common ancestors in Africa. We are all members of the African Diaspora.

Maracatu Jangada

Maracatu is a traditional Brazilian rhythm dating back to the early 1800’s used by the slaves to enact the coronation of the “Kings of Congo.”

Today the rhythm has grown into a modern movement extending throughout the world. We are happy to bring it here to San Diego as Maracatu Jangada.

Together the Alfaia, Abê, Caixa, and the Gonguê create a sound that moves the soul, lifts the spirit, and shakes the ground.

Maracatu Jangada
Nos de Chita

The group Nós de Chita (meaning “us who wear Chita” or “knots made out of Chita”) has brought to San Diego a different side of Brazilian Culture. They feed the eyes with the colors and the floral design of the fabric “Chita”. That, plus the instruments – mostly hand made drums
played by 4 Brazilian women playing drums, singing, dancing and telling parts of their history.

The rhythms played are mostly from the Northeast of Brazil, which are known as Ritmos Regionais Brasileiros…Côco, Ciranda, Cacuriá, Maracatu and Capoeira

Nos de Chita
Choro Sotaque

Choro “cry” or “lament”), traditionally called chorinho (“little cry” or “little lament”), is a Brazilian popular music instrumental style. Its origins are in 19th century Rio de Janeiro. In spite of the name, the style often has a fast and happy rhythm, characterized by virtuosity and improvisation. Choro is considered the first urban popular music typical of Brazil.

Capoeira Mandinga

Capoeira originated in Brazil in the 1600s. The only indigenous American martial art, it was developed by African slaves in Brazil. Capoeira began to take form amongst the community of slaves that worked on the sugar cane plantations, the docks and various other slave works. It became a strong weapon in the life and death struggle against their oppressors. When the owners of the sugar cane fields realized the power of capoeira, they began to punish those who practiced it, sometimes with death. Capoeiristas learned to camouflage the forbidden fight with singing and clapping as though it were simply entertainment.The fight was disguised behind the dance – a dance that could be as graceful as a panther and as treacherous as a snake. Mestre Bimba, with his good will and love of the art was able to take capoeira from being forbidden by law and transformed it into Brazil’s national sport. He along with Mestre Pastinha was the first to open schools and the capoeira tree grew, spreading its branches across the world.
Capoeira Quilombo

Today Capoeira is practiced all over the world. With the addition of Mestre Bimba’s newer, faster style, Capoeira Regional and various attempts to blend Regional with its ancestor Capoeira Angola, Capoeira has seen some interesting developments since its liberation in the early 1900’s. It is a renewed source of pride for Brazilians and an adopted way of life for Capoeiristas across the globe.

Capoeira Quilombo

WorldBeat Cultural Center • 2100 Park Blvd • San Diego, ca 92101

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