Dipped in African-influenced Brazilian culture, Taru Arts will lead a workshop to bring the rhythms of Bahia to Greenwich and showcase Maculelê music, dance and drumming styles.
Maculelê is immediately recognizable for its dramatic, expressive motions and mesmerizing rhythms. Maculelê songs are sung mostly in Portuguese as well as in Yoruba, one of the languages spoken by the African slaves in Brazil. The traditional Maculelê sticks are made of biriba wood. TARU’s version of Maculelê sees the performers using plastic bottles replacing the traditional wooden sticks, as a way to continue passing our message of encouraging and inspiring people to reuse and recycle materials that are normally disposed of.
Join us to make an environmentally friendly costume and learn carnival dance moves influenced by Brazilian rituals. On Friday 29 October, we invite you to wear your carnival costume and join our festival procession starring “Connecting Communities” dance artists led by the Taru Arts drummers!