Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Saravah Soul

Found this on baixafunda, an excellent music blog (in Portuguese)
Brazilian rhythms meet afrobeat, funk, & soul! (I only had time to put a few of my favorite tracks up so far).

"Exploding out of the rich cultural melting-pot of London’s underground music scene comes the half-Brazilian, half-British, Afro-Brazilian Funk sound of Saravah Soul."

The album is on the London-based TruThoughts label.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Katherine Dunham

Katherine Dunham was an American dancer, choreographer, songwriter, author, educator and activist who was trained as an anthropologist. Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in American and European theater of the 20th century ...read more

Ned Williams will host a Dunham Technique workshop on Sunday October 10, 2010 at PMT Dance Studio in Manhattan. I highly encourage anyone who is interested in the dances of Africa and the African diaspora to attend.

What is the Dunham Technique?
A blend of African & Caribbean movement (flexible torso and spine; articulated pelvis; isolation of the limbs; and polyrhythmic movement) integrated with techniques of ballet and modern dance.

Dunham Technique Workshop
October 10, 2010 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
hosted by Ned Williams

Beginner Class ($20) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm | Prerequisite: no dance training necessary

The class supports the beginning student by providing a constructive warm-up through guidance on healthy body movement and coordination as well as a strong emphasis on basic placement and alignment. Learn the fundamentals of Dunham techniques such as Dunham flatback, body isolations and head rolls in a positive and supportive atmosphere.

Advanced Class ($20) 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm | Prerequisite: at least 2 years technique dance training

This class supports the advanced student with concentration on Dunham combinations across the floor, intense bar work and fluid body movement. It encourages students to develop an in-depth understanding of movement as well as meaningful appreciation of Dunham technique in a positive and supportive atmosphere.

at PMT Dance Studio
69 West 14th Street at 6th Ave, 3rd Floor

Clara Nunes

My friend and dance partner Larisa introduced me to a Brazilian street vendor from Cachoeira, Bahia up in Harlem near the Apollo Theater on Sunday. He recommended a greatest hits compilation containing songs by one of his favorite Brazilian vocalists, Clara Nunes. I included links to some of my favorite tracks on the album below (click on song title to listen):

Juizo Final
Canto das Tres Raças
Tudo é Ilusão
Portela na Avenida

(Tracks from Clara Nunes Raizes do Samba series, Label: Msi Music/Super D, 2002)

Clara Nunes was a factory worker when she decided to compete in a music contest, placing third at the finals held in São Paulo in 1959. She got a day-job at a radio station in Belo Horizonte (capital of Minas Gerais, Southeast Brazil), and sang in nightclubs.

In 1965, Clara moved to Rio de Janeiro, recording boleros (Spanish music made for dancing) and samba songs on her first album. After a few LPs featuring assorted styles, she signed her name as a samba vocalist in the 70s. In 1974, her album sold approximately 300,000 copies, thanks to the hit samba "Conto de Areia" (Romildo/ Toninho). It was a remarkable number then, helping put down the common idea that women weren't big record sellers and stimulating the companies to invest in other female samba musicians, like Alcione, who made her first album in '75, and Beth Carvalho, hired by RCA in '76.

The following albums transformed her into one of the three samba queens of the '80s, along with the two above-mentioned musicians. In the second half of the decade, she would release one album every year, all of them selling well and featuring historic tracks like "Juízo Final" (Nelson Cavaquinho/ Élcio Soares), "Coração Leviano" (Paulinho da Viola) and "Morena de Angola" (Chico Buarque).

Clara was also famous for songs crafted upon the rhythms of Candomblé, her African-Brazilian religion, and for her typical costumes, as she always dressed in white and wore lots of necklaces and African beads. She died prematurely, after a botched surgery, causing a popular outcry.

(Source: National Geographic Music, http://worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com/view/page.basic/artist/content.artist/clara_nunes_16312/en_US)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mombojó - Papapa

I like the choreography in this video--there's some old-school hip hop moves (specifically popping, I believe) and even a little samba. Found out about it through Mais Um Gringo's Blog. The video is nominated for MTV Brazil Clipe do Ano (Video of the Year Award).

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Mais Um Discos

<a href="http://maisumdiscos.bandcamp.com/album/oi-a-nova-musica-brasileira">Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira! by Mais Um</a>

Compiler Mais Um Gringo explains how the album came about: “All the Brazilian compilations I found either offered a tired mix of nu-bossa and nu-samba or were titles covering niche genres like baile-funk. I was looking for an album that provided an overview of the most exciting new Brazilian music across all genres”

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Brazilian Day NYC 2010

The big day is coming....Brazilian Day NYC 2010!
Catch me in the official opening procession for Brazilian Day, the Lavagem da Rua 46 this Saturday September 4th. Hint: I'll be in the Rio de Janeiro section wearing a Carmen Miranda outfit...

LAVAGEM DA RUA 46 (official Brazilian Day opening parade & cultural festival)
Saturday 9/4
10am to 12pm
from 44th St & 6th Ave to 46th St and Madison Ave
Rain or shine
Free & open to public

Sunday 9/5
11am to 7pm
43rd St to 57th St
between Madison & 8th Aves
Main stage at 43th Street and 6th Avenue
Second stage 46th Street between 5th and Madison
Rain or shine
Free & open to public

Upcoming Performances

||SATURDAY 9/4|| Lavagem da Rua 46 (Official Brazilian Day opening parade and cultural festival)
10:00am to 12:00pm
44th Street and 6th Ave to 46th Street and Madison Ave

12:00pm to 6:00pm
46th & Madison Ave

||WEDNESDAY 9/8|| The Brazilian Boat Cruise
||WEDNESDAY 9/15|| The Brazilian Boat Cruise

Boarding: 6:30pm
Sailing: 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Where: Pier #40 – West Houston Street & West Side Highway
Description: This after-work party sizzles with a performance by two samba dancers and hot Brazilian beats & top 40 dance hits from DJ Fabio Soul. Don’t miss the Caipirinha drink specials!
Special Guests: Performance by 2 Samba Dancers, DJ Fabio Soul
Details: Cash Bar & Cash Buffet available. The boat is enclosed and climate controlled. We sail rain or shine.
Requirements: All guests must be 21 & over with proper state ID or passport.
Dress Code: Trendy / Business Casual. No sneakers. We reserve the right to be selective.
Admission: $10 in advance; $15 at the pier
Group Rates: Arrange your group in advance
Purchase: 212-987-9200 OR Click Here
More Info.: www.TheBrazilianCruise.com