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From the masters 

Angolan Mestre Benedito taught Mestre Pastinha
who taught Mestre João Grande who taught
Mestre Moraes who taught a new generation of masters including
Neco, Zé Carlo, Cobra Mansa e
Braga
. This same tradition which gave birth to Grupo de Capoeira Angola Pelourinho has now brought to light
Capoeira Angola from Salvador, Brazil, a 39-track CD containing the best that

Baiano (from Bahia) group has to offer. Accompanied by a comprehensive
40-page bilingual booklet the album has the blessing and the sponsorship of the Organization of the American States
and the Smithsonian Institute which released the disc through its Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings.
As Daniel Dawson explains on the liner notes: “The importance of music in
capoeira cannot be overstated. It creates the atmosphere
in which this art form is most beautifully expressed.”

From the masters 

Angolan Mestre Benedito taught Mestre Pastinha
who taught Mestre João Grande who taught
Mestre Moraes who taught a new generation of masters including
Neco, Zé Carlo, Cobra Mansa e
Braga
. This same tradition which gave birth to Grupo de Capoeira Angola Pelourinho has now brought to light
Capoeira Angola from Salvador, Brazil, a 39-track CD containing the best that

Baiano (from Bahia) group has to offer. Accompanied by a comprehensive
40-page bilingual booklet the album has the blessing and the sponsorship of the Organization of the American States
and the Smithsonian Institute which released the disc through its Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings.
As Daniel Dawson explains on the liner notes: “The importance of music in
capoeira cannot be overstated. It creates the atmosphere
in which this art form is most beautifully expressed.”


Summer follies
For the 12th year in a row San Francisco will become a little piece of Rio and Salvador when hundreds of
Brazilians and Carnaval lovers take to the streets in several
blocos with names like Ginga Brasil and Batu Pitu. This year the
San Francisco Street Carnaval, considered the US’s biggest celebration of its kind outside New Orleans, will happen
May 26, a Sunday. Batu Pitu alone, which was last year’s champion, will have three floats and around 200
merrymakers. Their risqué samba-enredo

 

(samba-plot) is called Vice-Versa and plays with San Francisco’s legendary
laissez-faire attitude in sexual matters. Cristina
Ribeiro
, the singer who invented the marareggae
(maracatu + reggae), has just come back from Brazil to be one of the party’s shiniest stars.


Art unveiled
The Brazilian participation at the recent Artexpo New York ’96 was so gratifying and successful that the works
are being prepared to tour several US cities. Brazil had never before had its own Pavilion at the world’s largest
art marketplace. Its debut, however, was first class, presenting an exhibit entitled “A Century of Art in Brazil,” which
had previously been presented in São Paulo. Close do 60 artists from several Brazilian states participated in the
show. Thanks to the Brazilian presence at the Artexpo, American art dealers have already scheduled trips to Rio where
they will meet other artists and visit art galleries.

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