unnamed 2The 17th Annual Brazilian Carnaval is coming celebrating “100 Years of Samba” with a tribute to Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro. With the best music, non-stop dancing, Samba drummers, beads, masks, authentic Brazilian food and drinks, and of course, the titillating and elaborately costumed elite Samba dancers, the event invite Los Angeles to an authentic Carnaval experience at the Teragram Ballroom on Friday, February 24th at 8:00 p.m.

This year’s Carnaval is also celebrates 100 years of Samba. Samba is a Brazilian musical genre and dance style, with its roots in Africa via the West African slave trade and African religious traditions, particularly of Angola and the Congo, through the samba de roda genre of the northeastern state of Bahia, from which it derived. It is recognized around the world as a symbol of Brazil and the Brazilian Carnaval.

The largest Carnaval celebration on the west coast features LA’s All Star Brazilian Carnaval band with lead singer Renni Flores directed by Denys Cristian, Samba Soul Dancers, Samba Da Mudança Samba School with a special guest from Rio, and DJ Potira. The night will also include a performance by Samba N Motion led by Aninha Malandro – daughter of the legendary Brazilian musician Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro – for whom the night is a tribute.

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro is a famed pandeiro player, percussionist and 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellow. One drum that can perform all the rhythms of the samba is Brazil’s national instrument, the pandeiro. (The pandeiro is a tunable tambourine, played with a different technique than in North American music.).

Carlinhos has had a wide-ranging career, spanning over 50 years, as a percussionist, appearing in Brazilian films, on Brazilian television, and performing around the world with Herbie Mann, Sergio Mendes, Sadao Watanabe, Ed Thigpen, Toots Thielemans, Martinho da Vila, Beth Carvalho, Maria Bethania, and many more. Today, Carlinhos lives in Los Angeles, performing nationally and teaching locally at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica. He is a recipient of awards from the Durfee Foundation, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, and the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles.

17th Annual Brazilian Carnaval Celebrating “100 Years of Samba”
Date: Friday, February 24th at 8pm
$35 General Admission – All Ages
Venue: Teragram Ballroom
All Ages – Costumes Encoraged!

For Tickets: (818)566-1111 or www.BrazilianNites.com

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