Traditional Brazilian Food:
Try traditional dishes like the world famous Brazilian BBQ or maybe something new like Feijoada. This is one of the few dishes eaten the length and breadth of Brazil, feijoada is a hearty stew of black beans, sausages and cuts of pork of varying quality – traditionally veering towards the lower end, with trotters, and ears all going into the mix. A labour of love, feijoada done the old fashioned way takes up to 24 hours to make, between soaking beans and desalting pork.
You can have the comforts of home with your favourite beer or wine, but make sure you try Brazilian traditional liquor Cachaça! Made from fermented sugarcane juice, and is best known as the fiery kick in caipirinhas – Brazil’s national cocktail. It is sure to quench your thirst!
Developed 400 years ago by the Africans enslaved by the Portuguese, they were prohibited from practicing their traditional martial arts, so in turn they disguised it as a dance by adding acrobatics and music meanwhile removing the element of contact! It is known for quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for a wide variety of kicks, spins, and highly mobile techniques.
Samba is a lively, and rhythmical dance, and although there are multiple styles of samba, the one most commonly observed and known internationally would be Samba no Pe. This is a solo dance that is most often danced impromptu when samba music is played. The basic movement involves a straight body and a bending of one knee at a time. The feet move very slightly - only a few inches at a time. This is most commonly associated with the Carnival in Rio de Janerio!
Samba de Roda:
Samba de roda is a traditional Afro-Brazilian dance performed after a Candomblé ceremony. The typical drum is the atabaque; drummers improvise variations and elaborations on common patterns, accompanied typically by singing and clapping as well as dancing. The Samba de Roda is a celebratory event incorporating music, choreography and poetry.
Samba-Raggae is a music genre from Bahia, Brazil. Samba reggae, as its name suggests, was originally derived as a blend of Brazilian samba drumming with Jamaican reggae. represents an effort by black Brazilians to develop a Carnival parade music that they could call their own, and to form all-black or mostly-black blocos with which they could parade during Carnival. The afro bloco music was very different because they aimed to recreate and strengthen their community through their music.
Maculele is an Afro-Brazilian dance where the dancers hold two sticks in their hands while they dance in the roda (circle). The dance is based on the story about a young boy who was left in his village with only the women and children while the men went out to hunt. They came under attack and he fought alongside the women to protect the village.
Coco de roda:
Coco is an African-influenced musical rhythm that originated in Northern Brazil. "Coco" may also refer to the style of dance performed to the music, a kind of stomping. Coco is also alternatively known as "embolada" (another slang word, meaning "entangling", referring to the fast, slurred, machine-gun style of singing). The characteristic sound of coco arises from four instruments commonly used in its performance: the ganzá, surdo, pandeiro, and triangle.
The entire evening will be filled with live music. During the performances you will experience the Bateria's of Brazil, whether is its the Samba Bateria or the Capoeira Bateria! Bateria directly translated means "Drum Kit," it is the series of instruments participating in the music! The live music will set the rhythm and pace for the evening which is sure to impress!
Maracatu origins lie in the investiture ceremonies of the Reis do Congo (Kings of Congo), who were slaves that occupied leadership roles within the slave community. When slavery was abolished in Brazil in 1888, the institution of the Kings of Congo ceased to exist. Nonetheless, they continued to choose symbolic leaders. Traditionally performed by parading with a drumming group of 80-100, a singer and chorus, and a coterie of dancers and stock characters including the king and queen.