Bahia Street

9 02 2010

É ai, batuqueiros?!

It’s been a long time. I know, but that’s how it goes sometimes…

Carnaval is right around the corner, so I know many people have party and celebration on their minds – as well they should. I just wanted to take a second to point out a great project that deserves some celebration as well. It’s called Bahia Street.

Here’s the quick description- It is a school dedicated to uplifting impoverished members of the AfroBrasilian community of Bahia by providing education and basic needs to a group of young girls in Salvador. Bahia Street run for the people of Bahia, by the people of Bahia. I’d love to explain better, but it’s kind of complicated. You would be better served to check out their website site, or better yet, purchase the book Dance Lest We All Fall Down

It’s a great idea and a great cause. Check out their site for ways to help – though, I’m sure donations are ALWAYS helpful.

Just for fun, I found a video that some girls from the school put together on YouTube. Muita bonitinha! Axé!


Announcing Ritmos Do Brasil at UCSB!

24 11 2009

Hey Batuqueiros, UCSB students, and anyone else interested in Afro-Brazilian culture. Check out our newest extension the Capoeira Batuque Santa Barbara family- The Rhythms of Brazil Club on the UCSB campus.

Meetings are every Thursday at the African Diasporic Resource Center in the SRB building. The last meeting of 2009 will be December 3rd.

The club covers Afro-brazilian history, culture, Capoeira, Afro-Brazilian Dance, Music and will host several great dance and capoeira events to support and grow Capoeira Batuque. You’ll also get the most up to date news about classes and events in the Santa Barrbara, Goleta, and Carpenteria area.

We’re in good hands, as Rhythms of Brazil is operating under the guidance and direction of Contra-Mestre Mariano Silva, and in cooperation with Brazilian Cultural Arts Center, Santa Barbara.

Ritmos do Brasil is open to any and all members of the community. You only have to bring an open mind and plenty of Axé.

For more info contact Vika 323-646-2184
You can also find us on Facebook liste as Rhythms of Brazil Cultural Club @ UCSB

Come learn about the beauty of Afro-Brasilian Culture

Come Celebrate Zumbi Dos Palmares with Capoeira Batuque SB

16 11 2009

Come check out our event at EOS in SB this weekend. We are going to start at 9:30 PM on Friday night (November 21st), and there promises to be plenty of Axé in the house. Contre Mestre Mariano Silva (BANDA PRAKANTAR) and Pyata Penedo (BELEZA PURA) are going to be performing and providing the energy, while you get the chance to enjoy a few drinks and dance.

The EOS LOUNGE will also feature DJ$ along with a very special guest DJ ITAI SHAPIRA, who is coming up from Zanzibar to add some Brazilian, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Soul, House, Afro Beat, Dancehall flavor.

Keep an eye out for the Samba performers as well as very good chance of a capoeira roda…

One last note – this is all to help support our upcoming Semi-Annual batizado, so not only is it going to be a great party, but it’s going to help perpetuate art in culture in Santa Barbara. Pretty sweet, right?

For more info check out the event on Facebook

Capoeira Batuque SB Honors Zumbi dos Palmares

Zumbi Dos Palmares - Liberdade

Besouro – The Movie

29 07 2009

Okay, so I’m on a roll. Two posts in one day… I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now. Besouro (in the US i think they’re going to call it Beetle) the movie is coming out, and the trailers are available on YouTube. Most of the trailers seem to be pretty rough edits, but the movie looks like it could quickly become a capoeira classic.

We’ve all likely seen capoeira in martial arts films by now (Only The Strong!), but this movie is intriguing because not only does it include capoeira, but it goes back to explore one of the legendary figures of capoeira. Most capoeiristas have sang a song or two about Besouro Manganga, but how many of us have heard the history of this capoeira legend and his corpo fechado? I’m hopeful that this movie will not only shed light on the life of Besouro Manganga, but some of the struggle that capoeiristas in the past had to go through so we can continue vadiando for fun and sport today. What we take for granted, was life and death to many. Take a look at the trailer below. Like I said… it looks like it’s going to be a good one.

Brazilian Boat Party!

29 07 2009

Hey, sorry again for slacking on fresh updates, but here you go. We’ve got a big one for you.

Cruise the Santa Barbara Harbor while listening to live Brazilian Band “Prakantar” (Samba/reggae/funk/batucada)
$35 Ticket includes 1 free drink and BBQ Plate.

This event is sponsored by Live Culture Lounge
Join us there for an after party at 11 W. De La Guerra Paseo Nuevo Mall

For Tickets and Info Call Vika (323) 646-2184
or Jessamyn (928)273-6355



Oi Batuqueiros! Summer Solstice Update

17 06 2009

The Solstice Parade is just around the corner and Capoeira Batuque-Santa Barbara is just about ready to go! We’ve got practice at the studio on Wednesday at 9:30 PM after class, and one last practice on Thursday (contact Mariano for practice time). This weekend promises to be an amazing event, with our Capoeira Encounter on Friday and the Parade on Saturday.

Axé da Bahia is coming to Santa Barbara!

Axé da Bahia is coming to Santa Barbara!

A Quick Thank You To Our Local Sponsors!

3 06 2009

Hey, we’re really excited for the opportunity to bring more Axé to Santa Barbara in the upcoming Solstice Parade – as usual we couldn’t do it without the help and contributions of a lot of people.

So special thanks to Capoeira Batuque, Mariano’s Batucada School & Mariano Silva Productions, La Playa Azul Café, Fresco Café, Stacie Anthes Vocal Coach, The Alternative Copy Shop, PPD Pure Power Distribution, Forte Stone, Café Shell, Edomasa, Mogley’s Tattoo, Café Luna, Chava Embroidery, Brasil Stone, & Méditerranée Antiques! Thanks for all your support!

Taking it to the streets...

Taking it to the streets...