By Lindenberg Junior | English edition: Ann Fain

BR Day SD_2013_5_Sept 2The Brazilian Day San Diego will once again bring the spirit of Brazil to the heart of San Diego’s iconic beach town, Pacific Beach or “PB”. This year, the event takes place on Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 11am until 7pm, between Bayard St. and Everts St. in Pacific Beach, just one block from the beach, and will cover five blocks of the lively Garnet Avenue. Two stages full of attractions will bring some of the best Brazilian artists and performers throughout California, and several artists direct from Brazil.

The Aquarela do Brasil stage will have eight bands plus the “bateria” (drummers) of Brazilian Day San Diego. Among the attractions direct from Brazil are the beautiful Aline Muniz who will sing her smooth, modern MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) and Dino & Cabecao who will make the public dance with their Baile Funk. Some of the best Brazilian artists living in California will be on this stage, such as the Brazilian Reggae band Raggabond with lead singer/songwriter Marauak born in Bahia with roots in Rio de Janeiro and Angola. This band has a fusion sound of Brazil-Africa-Caribbean that includes dance-hall reggae, contemporary rock and traditional Brazilian rhythms topped with vocals that blend R&B, Hip-Hop and reggae style; Afro-Brazilian Percussion Group Batalá (Los Angeles) lead by percussionist Mario Palais who brings an original repertoire with lyrics about meaningful life subjects, social issues, love, daily experiences and observations, both in Portuguese and English; and the local favorite Brazilian rock-pop singer Andre Monari and his band among others.

The samba dance stage will bring the multi-talented choreographer Slleyk showing “O que a Bahia tem” (What the Bahia has) with her moves and the newest trend of Afro-Brazilian dance; the versatile group Deseo will perform rhythms from Salsa and Latin to authentic samba; Jae will show the Frevo dance from Pernambuco state; group Nois de Chita the roots of Coco de Roda; Divas in Heels their cool Latin fusion moves, and Capoeira Mandinga the different capoeira moves, just to name a few. As one of the main attractions Brazilian Day San Diego will also feature a Parade inspired by the quintessential carnival parades that take place each year throughout the diverse regions of Brazil. The parade is scheduled from 3pm to 4pm will turn Garnet Avenue into a stage filled with vibrant floats, extravagant costumes, and contagious rhythms. The theme for the 2015 parade is: The Olympic Spirit, and Rio de Janeiro, as the proud host of the 2016 Summer Games.

There will be also a Kids’ Zone with face painting, inflatable’s and activities led by “Nos de Chita”, a performing arts group that involves children in storytelling, body percussion, and games. This year the event will be broadcast live by, one of the leaders in Latino American online media, with a presence in 19 countries including Brazil, U.S., Mexico and Spain. The 8th Annual Brazilian Day San Diego, Street Fair, and Parade is the 2nd largest Brazilian Festival in the United States attracting nearly 50,000 attendees annually. It is free and open to the public. –



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