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LAMBAZOUK BRAZIL by Bebé

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PhD research in Brazilian Samba de Gafieira

Making a mark on written dance history:

Today Bebe was interviewed by Rachel Pedro (Lecturer in Dance Theory at the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology) as part of her PhD research.

Rachel is currently completing a PhD to demonstrate how globalisation has changed the way in which the Brazilian dance style Samba de Gafieira has been translated in the Australian context since the 1940s. More specificially, her research focuses on the changing politics (ie power relations) of the hybridizing (mixing) process which occurs when a dance style is translated into a new culture.

The PhD results will be published in English, Brazilian Portuguese, and possibly also Spanish in journal articles.

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Bebé & Rachel Pedro

Into the Brazilian Amazon

HAPPY SUNDAY! Smile big & beautiful like these indigenous children of the Brazilian Amazon!
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For those of you in Australia, don’t forget the BRAZIL doco by Michael Palin currently featured on ABC1 at 7:30PM.

Tonight Michael travels from Brazil’s northern border with Venezuela along the Rivers Branco, Negro, Amazon, Tapajos and Xingu, through the very heart of the Amazonia, before ending up at the capital Brasilia. He visits indigenous tribes like the Yanomami, and talks to their shaman and chief spokesperson Davi about the threats to their traditional way of life.

On the Rio Negro he encounters Elias, one of the last seringueiros, or rubber tappers, and watches the Amazon Philharmonic Orchestra rehearse in the magnificent Manaus Opera House. Travelling by river boat he heads up the Tapajos river to Fordlandia, to seek out what remains of Henry Ford’s bold but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to build a rubber plantation the size of Wales in the middle of the rainforest.

In Belem at the mouth of the Amazon, he is dazzled by the exotic Amazonian foods that chef Thiago uses in his kitchen and learns from music producer Priscilla why Amazonian women like her and her protégé singer Gaby Amarantos are such powerful forces.

Travelling ever southwards to the upper reaches of the Xingu river he is welcomed to the Wauja tribe, one of the most colourful of all the Brazilian indigenous peoples. Anthroplogist-in-residence Emi Ireland helps explain their rich and complex rituals as well as why the Wauja women would like to marry Michael. The threats to their land and way of life from dam building, deemed necessary for the increasing exploitation of Brazil’s abundant natural resources, is discussed with Wauja shaman Itsautaku.

In Brasilia he meets up with rock star and political activist Dinho Ouro Preto who thinks Brazil, despite all its social and environmental problems, is on the brink of fulfilling its destiny as a super power.

Michael Palin’s BRAZIL: 4 part series on ABC1

.. for those who love all things BRAZIL, here is a great opportunity to discover more about this colourful country! The intrepid British actor/writer Michael Palin has a 4 part doco series on Brazil, airing in Australia on ABC1, Sundays @ 7:30PM. The 1st episode is tomorrow (11 November) and is about north-east Brazil — where Bebé, Capoeira, & Lambada comes from! Check it out & let us know what you think :)) Here is the synopsis:

EP 1. SUNDAY 7:30PM on ABC1
Michael begins his journey in the north east, where modern Brazil was born. It was here the Portuguese explorers first landed and encountered the native Brazilians. It was here that hundreds of thousands of African slaves were brought to work on sugar and tobacco plantations, and it was here where this mix of races and cultures produced what we now think of as Brazil. Music, food, dance, religion – all of these bear the imprint of this heady mix.He starts in the city of Sao Luis during the celebration of its own very north eastern festival of Bumba Meu Boi – ‘Jump My Bull’ – before travelling down the coast to Recife and Salvador. On his way, he drops in on the vaqueros – Brazilian cowboys – who work the massive cattle ranches of the dry interior. His travels also take him to the stunning coastal lagoons of the Lencois Maranheses national park.In Salvador he learns to drum with the famous Olodum school, experiences the trance and dance of Candomble, the Afro-Brazilian religion, finds out how to cook Bahian-style with renowned cook, Dada, and discovers what lies behind the beguiling moves of capoeria dancers. If you want to know what makes Brazil so vibrant, the north east is the place to start
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Lambazouk Brazil: Shows around the World

Bebé (Director of Lambazouk Brazil) has been performing professional shows around the world for almost 20 years. They’re always special, energetic, surprising & inspiring for all who see them. He loves performing, and you’ll love watching!

 

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Follow the link to see a photo gallery of pictures (on our Facebook fan page) of some of our most recent shows. BE INSPIRED! 🙂

Photo gallery: pictures of the birthplace of lambada

Porto Seguro is a colourful city located in Bahia, a tropical sunshine state in north-east of Brazil blessed w/ spectacularly beautiful beaches, lush forests, jungle, & an earthy mix of afro-brazilian & indigenous people. Its also home to the biggest zouk lambada congress in the world! Its special, & full of energy, & we know you will love it as much as we do 🙂

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Follow the link to see a photo gallery of pictures (on our Facebook fan page) from the birthplace of lambada: its PARADISE!