The first weeks of September had been very busy for Brazilians Who lived abroad. Every year, thousands of Brazilians around the world take their Brazilian national team shirts from their wardrobes, paint their faces and expose the country’s flag on their cars to take to the streets of New York, London, Toronto and San Diego to name a few, to celebrate the Brazilian Independence Day.
In California, and starting this year, in Nevada (Las Vegas), Soul Brasil magazine is one of the supporters of the different events that bring the roots of Brazilian culture and the spirit of civism to the Brazilian community. “Juntos” (together) is for example, one slogan used by the Brazilian Day in Los Angeles, and that expresses the need for greater involvement by the community.
The versatile Engels Espiritos will be in L.A
The Brazilian Day in L.A will be held at La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park, Saturday Sept 7 from Noon to 6pm. Organized by the Sambala organization, the event founded by the General Brazilian Consulate of Los Angeles, brings two events in one as the former Long Beach Brazilian Street Carnival was aggregated to the Brazilian Day in L.A and making it more strong than ever. Among the attractions from Brazil, Engels Espiritos, one of the most versatile, expressive and respected harmonica players of Brazil, brings a fusion composition between Afro-American music and Brazilian music. An artist recognized, who has already played in circuits and fests from several countries likewise: Canada, the USA and countries of Europe; and Brazilian actor, singer, and songwriter Fabio Keldani. Among the many local attractions we highlight Viver Brasil Dance Company with special guests who will be parading with the LA-Salvador Sister City parade contingent (Swing Brazil/Capoeira Batuque/Batuklada) and led by Linda Yudin, Vida Vierra, Luiz Badaró, Mestre Amen Santo and Kirk Brundage, and the Sambala Samba School that will lead the Rio Style parade around 3pm – www.braziliandayla.org
Monobloco from Rio will be in San Dieogo
The Brazilian Day San Diego will be held again on Garnet Street in the famous Pacific Beach. This event is the biggest Brazilian Day celebration on the West Coast and attracts more than 50,000 enthusiasts from 11am to 7pm. Organized by Capoeira master Paulo Batuta and his Capoeira Mandinga group, the event this year have a headline full of attractions and includes the spectacular Monobloco from Rio de Janeiro and its samba, Andre Rios and his 10 pieces assemble from Recife and his frevo, Dazaranha from Florianopolis and its alternative Reggae-Rock alternativo, and CINE from Sao Paulo bringing their Brazilian Rock-Pop. From New York, Dendê Macedo brings the Axé of Bahia, and from the Southern of California, many local bands and dance groups such as the Sol & Mar Samba School – www.braziliandaysandiego.com
The energetic rhythms of Batukaxe will be in Vegas.
The Brazilian Day Celebrations “wave” arrives this year also in Las Vegas with the first “Brazilian Outdoor Festival” organized by Ana Gomes and the Via Brasil Steakhouse crew on Sunday, September 8 from 2pm to 10pm. Various music and dance groups is in the lineup, but we highlight here the band Batukaxe and formers Olodum singers Ney Rios and Fabio de Assis as well as former Viver Brasil dance company percussionist Mario Pelais – www.viabrasilsteakhouse.com/Brazilianoutdoorfestival.html
This weekend of Sept 7 and 8 in Vegas promises stay in the memories of many Brazilians and not Brazilians lovers of Brazilian culture living in the city of the lights as one night before, Saturday 7, the Wynn Hotel Casino brought the concert of Zeca Pagodinho, the master of Brazilian “pagode” and a true icon of Brazilian music scene!
Still in September, on Saturday 21 during the afternoon, Santa Barbara also receives the first Brazil’s Independence party celebration, a free event for the public in general at club Tonic and organized by capoeirista Mariano Silva and his capoeira group Batuque SB. For sure, the end of summer and the months of September will be more fun the ever with the variety of options of pure “Brazilian Style” fun!