AfroBrazilFest 2011 is a week-long event from June 6 -12 in Washington, DC. The events below are subject to change at any time.
Events by Venue
Documentary Film Fest — Monday, June 6
Event Time: Monday, June 6 - 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Venue: Howard University/L. K. Downing Hall Auditorium
Event Price: Free
Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê follows three women competing to be the carnival queen of Queen of Ilê Aiyê, a prominent and controversial Afro-Brazilian group with an all-black membership. The selection is based on Afro-centric notions of beauty, in counterpoint to prevailing standards of beauty in Brazil, a country famous for slim supermodels and plastic surgery. Contestants for the title of "Ebony Goddess" dress in flowing African-style garments, gracefully performing traditional Afro-Brazilian dances to songs praising the beauty of black women.
Maestrina da Favela documents a girl and her mission to liberate children from a life of drugs, violence and poverty. Filmed in the Rocinha slum in Brazil’s capital of happiness, Salvador, Bahia, with sounds from Africa a teenage girl beats empowerment into youth through drums.
Following the screenings join us for a panel discussion on Afro-Brazilian identity and the notion of Brazil as a "racial democracy." The discussion will be moderated by public scholar and cultural activist Dr. Gisele-Audrey Mills. The panelists include Dr. Ana Lucia Araujo, Ana Luiza Flauzina, Mirian Silva, and Tonho Materia. Maestrina da Favela filmmaker Falani Afrika will be answering questions about the film.
Opening Celebration — Tuesday, June 7
Event Time: Tuesday, June 7 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Venue: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Event Price: Free
Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the African roots of Brazilian culture. Receive a good luck bracelet or fichinha do Bom Fim from a Baiana; see a capoeira roda with Capoeira masters from Bahia, Brazil; swing your hips to the hypnotic Afro-Brazilian rhythm, and learn the difference between Maculele and Maracatu.
The opening celebration kicks off the festival with Capoeira, Maculele, Afro-Brazilian dance, and Samba Reggae performances by Capoeira Malês DC, Samba performances by Sambart Entertainment, West African music and dance by Baba M, and Maracatu percussion by Maracatu de Baque do Mangue.
Rhythms, Rhymes, and Resistance - Part I / Novo Fogo Cachaça Tasting — Wednesday, June 8
Event Time: Wednesday, June 8 - 6:30 pm - 1:00 am
Event Venue: Bossa Bistro & Lounge
Event Price: $10 cover (entire evening)
Come out for a jam session with accomplished musicians performing musical styles of the African diaspora. All the styles of music performed will combine a fusion of rhythms and lyrics driven by a desire for social change. Come swing your hips with Tohno Matéria who will be performing Samba Reggae, nod your head to some hip hop beats from Word of Light and step it out with Sahel who will be performing Jamaican Reggae, Zouk, and Mbalax.
Start the evening off with a complimentary cachaça tasting and demonstration by Novo Fogo. Cachaça, pronounced (ka-SHAH-sa), is a Brazilian spirit made from fermented and distilled cane juice. Learn to make caipirinhas, Brazil's national cocktail, a blend of cachaça, lime, and sugar.
In addition to the cachaça tastings, there will be special discounts on Brazilian cocktails and tapas throughout the night.
Rhythms, Rhymes, and Resistance - Part II - Capoeira / Bboy-Bgirl Demo — Thursday, June 9
Event Time: Thursday, June 9 - 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Venue: Busboys and Poets – 5th & K
Event Price: $10 suggested donation (entire evening)
Join us for a panel moderated by Dr. Gisele-Audrey Mills, a public scholar and cultural activist with over a decade of experience working with Afro-Brazilian organizations and issues, as we explore how music of the African diaspora has been utilized as both cultural expression and a mechanism for social change. The history and evolution of Samba Reggae, Jazz, Hip Hop, Jamaican Reggae, Afrobeat will be discussed.
Panelists include Tonho Materia, Mestre Amen, Dr. Quito Swan, and Jean-Francis Varre.
After the panel discussion stay for an incredible presentation. Capoeira Malês DC and Urban Artistry will demonstrate the roots of capoeira and American urban dance and the links between the two art forms.
Culinary Tasting & Afro-Brazilian Drumming Performance — Friday, June 10
Event Time: Friday, June 10 - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Event Venue: Josephine Butler Parks Center
Event Price: This event is FREE and open to the public.
You're invited to a complimentary culinary tasting and demonstration. Sample crispy mandioca frita and chocolatey brigadeiros and learn how to make nonalcoholic caipirinhas.
Batala, an all-female samba-reggae band, will entertain you with rhythms typical of the northeastern region of Brazil. The heavily syncopated music is rooted in traditional African drumming, and is accented with a heavy dose of Brazilian samba.
Taste of Brazil — Friday, June 10
Event Time: Friday, June 10 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Price: $40 online, $50 at the door, 21+
Experience the flavor of Brazil through the culinary expertise of Sonia Pessoa, a registered nutritionist and native of Bahia. Ms. Pessoa will take you to her homeland with African influenced cuisine prepared with dende palm oil, malagueta peppers, coconut milk, and other rich spices. The tasting will feature a four-course pre-fixe menu.
Bolinhos de bacalhau (Codfish croquettes) and Pãozinhos de queijo (Cheese bread)
Salada Samba (Samba Salad - a mixture of watercress, spinach, diced mangoes, green peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, Brazil nuts and coconut with passion fruit dressing)
3rd Course (Entrée 1)
Xinxin de galinha (Spicy braised chicken)
Arroz de coco (Coconut rice)
Farofa de azeite (Yucca flour sautéed in palm oil)
3rd Course (Entrée 2)
Moqueca de Camarão (Shrimp and coconut stew)
Vatapá (Yucca flour, nuts, dried shrimp and coconut milk sautéed in palm oil)
Arroz de coco (Coconut rice)
Flan de coco (Coconut Flan)
*Warning the meals are made with cashews, shrimp, coconut milk, and palm oil.
We recommend that you purchase your tickets online before the event.
Tickets are a suggested donation of $40 + tax and gratuity before the event, and $50 + tax and gratuity at the door.
*Tickets are nonrefundable.
AfroBrazilFest’s Afrofusion Party — Friday, June 10
Event Time: Friday, June 10 - 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
Venue: Fur Nightclub
Event Price: $10
Afro-Brazilian Arts & Cultural Heritage Festival presents the HOTTEST Afrofusion party
LIVE Samba music by Tonho Materia all the way from Bahia, Brazil -- formerly of the legendary Samba Reggae group Olodum
DJ Underdog spinning the hottest Afrobeat, African House, Reggae, and Hip hop hits!
DJ Valnay spinning the Samba, Samba Reggae, Pagode, and Forro beats!
Sambart Entertainment Samba dancers will be performing throughout the night.
Dress code--Strictly Enforced. No shorts, boots, athletic wear
Afro-Brazilian Arts & Cultural Heritage Workshops — Saturday, June 11
Event Time: Saturday, June 11 - 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Venue: The Capoeira Spot
Event Price: Introductory workshops are FREE
10:00-11:00 Intro Kids Capoeira Workshop (FREE)
11:00-12:00 Intermediate/Advanced Youth Capoeira Workshop ($5)
12:15-1:15 Intro Adult Capoeira Workshop (FREE)
1:30-3:00 Samba/Afro-Brazilian Dance and Percussion Workshop ($10)
3:15-4:15 Intermediate/Advanced Capoeira and Maculele Workshop for Capoeiristas ($10)
4:15-5:30 Capoeira Roda ($10)
All workshops are taught by Mestre Tonho Materia and Mestre Amen.
Closing Celebration — Sunday, June 12
Event Time: Sunday, June 12 - 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Venue: Columbia Heights Civic Plaza
Event Price: Free
The festival will conclude with a Capoeira roda, Maculele, Afro-Brazilian dance, and Samba Reggae performances by Capoeira Malês DC, Samba Regga percussion performance by Samba Trovao, Samba performances by Sambart Entertainment, Maracatu percussion by Maracatu de Baque do Mangue, and Brazilian fire dancing by Oju Oba Performers.