An Afro-Brazilian Carnaval beat is coming to Midtown Sacramento

If the the music you think of when you hear the words "Brazilian Carnaval" is the traditional samba played during the parades of Rio de Janeiro, you may be in for a surprise if you go to the Carnaval show taking place at the YMCA on 17th Street on Feb. 16. During the show, which was organized by the The Brazilian Center For Cultural Exchange Of Sacramenton, the drums will be a bit heavier, the rhythms funkier, and the dancing, a little more freeform. "People outside of Brazil, they think Brazil is only traditional samba with girls dancing with small bikinis and a lot of feathers", said Ney Rios of BatuAxe, one of the bands scheduled to perform. "But we do it different, we try to show the other side of Brazil. We have a rich tradition, a rich culture. We can show more than just people shaking the booty." Rios, who spoke with The Sacramento Press over the phone, is a guest of the San Francisco band  "Tambores Julio Remelexo." Local groups including Mistura Brasileira Samba Dance Co., Henna and Kohl Bellydance Co. and Agua de Beber Capoeira will also play.  Rios now lives in Los Angeles, but is originally from Salvador, a city in the northeast of Brazil that is capital of the state of Bahia and the center of Afro-Brazilian culture and music. […]

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Brazilian Center brings culture of Brazil to Sacramento

This Saturday marks the 2nd year of the colorful and energetic Brazilian Carnaval celebration. Behind the scenes of this celebration is the Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange of Sacramento, a local non-profit organization striving to assist at-risk children and bring the community together through culture, education, and social justice. At the time of the Center’s founding in 2010 there were about 4,000 Brazilians living in the Sacramento area, yet, Executive Director Saara Burga says, “Brazilians had to constantly travel great distances in order to stay in touch with social life, entertainment, translation services, documentation, and their Brazilian Culture.” Seeing a need for these services in Sacramento, the Center was founded, and local Brazilians no longer need to leave the city to obtain them. The Center also serves as a catalyst for exposing the Sacramento community to the traditions of Brazilian culture, through large events such as Carnaval, as well as many other classes and programs. Burga says, “We would love for Sacramento to catch on the spirit of Carnaval, or different styles of Brazilian music and dance.” At the event this Saturday, Brazilian performers, dancers, and musicians will convene for a culture-filled evening. Attendees will be able to take in the sights and sounds of Brazil right here in Sacramento while enjoying tasty food and drink (including Brazil’s national cocktail—caipirinhas)! Now in its second year, […]

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BRAZILIAN NIGHT FUNDRAISER!!

The Brazilian Center will have a Brazilian Night on April 24th at 8:30 pm, with live music, brazilian food and our tradicional Capoeira. This fundraiser is to help the Brazilian Center to create more programs for the community at large. Come to experience a wonderfull brazilian night and meet other brazilians in the community, be expose to our culture and help us help others, by participating in our events what is tax deductable, you will be part of a positive difference that we are trying to make in the life of others. We are asking for a donation of $8.00  in advance or $10.00 at the door. To become part of the Brazilian Center family or to volunteer you can find us at www.braziliancentersac.org or come to our space at 3313 Julliard Dr. Studio #C Sacramento, Ca 95826 Phone (916) 387-7344.

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An Afro-Brazilian Carnaval beat is coming to Midtown Sacramento

If the the music you think of when you hear the words "Brazilian Carnaval" is the traditional samba played during the parades of Rio de Janeiro, you may be in for a surprise if you go to the Carnaval show taking place at the YMCA on 17th Street on Feb. 16. During the show, which was organized by the The Brazilian Center For Cultural Exchange Of Sacramenton, the drums will be a bit heavier, the rhythms funkier, and the dancing, a little more freeform. "People outside of Brazil, they think Brazil is only traditional samba with girls dancing with small bikinis and a lot of feathers", said Ney Rios of BatuAxe, one of the bands scheduled to perform. "But we do it different, we try to show the other side of Brazil. We have a rich tradition, a rich culture. We can show more than just people shaking the booty." Rios, who spoke with The Sacramento Press over the phone, is a guest of the San Francisco band  "Tambores Julio Remelexo." Local groups including Mistura Brasileira Samba Dance Co., Henna and Kohl Bellydance Co. and Agua de Beber Capoeira will also play.  Rios now lives in Los Angeles, but is originally from Salvador, a city in the northeast of Brazil that is capital of the state of Bahia and the center of Afro-Brazilian culture and music. […]

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Brazilian Center brings culture of Brazil to Sacramento

This Saturday marks the 2nd year of the colorful and energetic Brazilian Carnaval celebration. Behind the scenes of this celebration is the Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange of Sacramento, a local non-profit organization striving to assist at-risk children and bring the community together through culture, education, and social justice. At the time of the Center’s founding in 2010 there were about 4,000 Brazilians living in the Sacramento area, yet, Executive Director Saara Burga says, “Brazilians had to constantly travel great distances in order to stay in touch with social life, entertainment, translation services, documentation, and their Brazilian Culture.” Seeing a need for these services in Sacramento, the Center was founded, and local Brazilians no longer need to leave the city to obtain them. The Center also serves as a catalyst for exposing the Sacramento community to the traditions of Brazilian culture, through large events such as Carnaval, as well as many other classes and programs. Burga says, “We would love for Sacramento to catch on the spirit of Carnaval, or different styles of Brazilian music and dance.” At the event this Saturday, Brazilian performers, dancers, and musicians will convene for a culture-filled evening. Attendees will be able to take in the sights and sounds of Brazil right here in Sacramento while enjoying tasty food and drink (including Brazil’s national cocktail—caipirinhas)! Now in its second year, […]

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BRAZILIAN NIGHT FUNDRAISER!!

The Brazilian Center will have a Brazilian Night on April 24th at 8:30 pm, with live music, brazilian food and our tradicional Capoeira. This fundraiser is to help the Brazilian Center to create more programs for the community at large. Come to experience a wonderfull brazilian night and meet other brazilians in the community, be expose to our culture and help us help others, by participating in our events what is tax deductable, you will be part of a positive difference that we are trying to make in the life of others. We are asking for a donation of $8.00  in advance or $10.00 at the door. To become part of the Brazilian Center family or to volunteer you can find us at www.braziliancentersac.org or come to our space at 3313 Julliard Dr. Studio #C Sacramento, Ca 95826 Phone (916) 387-7344.

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