Thursday, June 8, 2017

Beat of Life: a Sambafied Dance Party

Keeping samba alive in Harlem NYC! Rare grooves, live percussion, samba, afro samba, future samba and more for the dance floor. Pass through if you're in town.

Friday, May 12, 2017

The New Afro Hair Movement in Brazil

I was happy to come across this short documentary looking at Afro Brazilian empowerment through cultural affirmation in recent months. The Afro Brazilian heritage of South America's largest country is one of the reasons I got so taken with Brazil in the first place, so to see young people claiming what's been marginalized historically is refreshing, to say the least. I appreciate that the established cutting edge fashion magazine i-D published this piece and included an interview with Nayara Justino, the actress/model dethroned from the title of Globeleza carnival queen for supposedly being "too black".

Monday, April 10, 2017

NYC: I Just Wanna Dance!

You before samba dance class:

You before dance class with Are You Brazilian?™

You after samba dance class:

You after dance class with Are You Brazilian?™ Leticia Taylor samba dance NYC

Sometimes all you wanna do is dance. So come do that Uptown on April 20th! Let samba be your high ;). I'll be teaching a samba dance class, you get a caipirinha, and you get to rock with global beats and rhythms the rest of the evening. RSVP now, space is limited for the dance class.
We'll be rocking at Boteco Brasil in Harlem, the only authentic Brazilian botequim Uptown.

I Just Wanna Dance

Afterwork Global Dance Rhythms & More
Thursday April 20th
7:00p - 10:00p
Samba Dance Class 7:00 - 8:00p (RSVP required)
Boteco Brasil 1469 5th Ave between 118th/119th Streets

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

STFU and Dance

Sometimes, that's just the best thing to do. Okay, all the time. Enjoy and share this quick mix featuring contemporary dance music from Brazil, Angola and Portugal. See full tracklist below.

“15 Barras” DJ Nigga Fox
“Abertura do Jogo” Os Batuqueiros
“Fighting Spirit” Boddhi Satva
“Samba” Sarz ft. Wizkid
“Baile de Favela” MC João
“Baile de Favela” (Afro Remix) DJ Malvado ft. Homeboyz
“Carnaval” DJ NinOo
“Axibangonfu” DJ NinOo
“Sarra Para Direita” (AfroFunk Mix) JackBass
“African Groove” (Original Mix) DJ Lilocox and DJ Nax
“Sapolo Gi” Staff Paulo

Monday, October 3, 2016

Fierce House/Samba: "Fighting Spirit" by Boddhi Satva

Powerhouse Afro House producer Boddhi Satva is the one behind this track that I'm using for my samba dance classes lately. A lot of folks were asking me about it, so I figured I'd post a link. His entire latest album, Transition, is excellent as well.

House Samba by Boddhi Satva "Fighting Spirit". Samba Dance Class NYC with Leticia