Nininho de Olinda - U.S. Cultural Exchange 2012

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Maracatu Luta and California Brazil Camp are thrilled to be organizing the first ever U.S. cultural exchange for Nininho, a master percussionist, composer, and teacher from Olinda (Pernambuco, Brazil) in the Fall of 2012.

You can follow @NininhoTour on Twitter to get updates.

Bio

Nininho founded and directs Maracatu Badia (YouTube, Facebook, Orkut), combining traditional and modern forms of maracatu with candomblé rhythms, funk, samba reggae, other styles from the Northeast of Brazil, and more.

While growing up in Olinda, immersed in Pernambuco's incredibly rich culture, Nininho also studied and became an alabê (master drummer and teacher) in the candomblé tradition. He founded and for many years directed Afoxê Alafin Oyó, the first modern afoxê group in Olinda.

Cultural Exchange Tour

Before and after California Brazil Camp, Nininho will be teaching a series of workshops with Derek Wright, a student of Nininho since 2005 who founded and directs Maracatu Luta in Oakland, CA. The primary tour stop will be at Brazil Camp itself, where Nininho will be leading a maracatu class during week #2. After camp, they're going to tour the West Coast, Arizona, and Wisconsin. Additional details will be posted ASAP. You can view a Google map of tour stops to see where we're going.

Oakland + San Francisco Bay Area

Before and after CBC, Nininho will be in Oakland for a series of workshops. The workshops are $20 and up sliding scale drop-in, or you can register in advance for all 4 maracatu workshops for $60, or all 5 workshops for $70. If you attend the first 3 maracatu workshops (and/or Brazil Camp!) you'll be able to join us for the maracatu procession at the Oakland Art Murmur on Friday September 7th.

August 14

Maracatu workshop, 7-9:30pm, 2509 Myrtle St. West Oakland (Facebook event)

September 4

Maracatu workshop, 7-9:30pm, 2509 Myrtle St. West Oakland (Facebook event)

September 5

Afoxê + candomblé workshop, 7-9:30pm, 2509 Myrtle St. West Oakland (Facebook event)

September 6

Maracatu workshop, 7-9:30pm, 2509 Myrtle St. West Oakland (Facebook event)

September 7

Maracatu procession at the Oakland Art Murmur, 7-10pm, (we'll probably start at 19th St. BART and end up at Telegraph and Grand) (Facebook event)

September 18

Maracatu workshop, 7-9:30pm, 2509 Myrtle St. West Oakland (Facebook event)

California Brazil Camp, Cazadero, CA

August 19 - September 1

Nininho will be teaching a daily maracatu class during week #2. He'll also be at camp during week #1 so you can still meet him there and start to learn informally from him.

Fresno, CA

September 10

Maracatu workshop, 7-9pm, Arte Americas, 1630 Van Ness Avenue Fresno, CA 93721. Hosted by Fresno Samba.

Santa Barbara, CA

September 11

Maracatu workshop, 7-10pm, UCSB Music Building Room 1145 (park in Lot 3). Hosted by Santa Barbara Samba and the UCSB Afro-Brazilian Ensemble.

San Diego, CA

September 12

Maracatu and coco workshop, 7:30-10pm, WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park, 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego. (Facebook event)

Los Angeles, CA

September 16

Maracatu Intensive, 1-4pm, REMO Recreational Music Center, 7308 Coldwater Canyon Ave. North Hollywood, CA 91605. Hosted by Kirk Brundage and REMO. (Facebook event)

Portland, OR

September 22

Maracatu dance workshop with Beto Guimaraes and live music, 12:30pm-2pm, Viscount Studio (720 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR, 97214). Pre-register at www.viscountstudios.com.

September 22

Maracatu percussion workshop, 4-6pm, Rhythm Traders (3904 NE MLK Blvd). Hosted by MaracaBOOM!.

September 23

Maracatu percussion workshop, 1-3pm, Rhythm Traders (3904 NE MLK Blvd). Hosted by MaracaBOOM!.

Eugene, OR

September 24

Olympia, WA

September 26

Maracatu workshop, 7-9pm, Eagles Ballroom (805 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98506). Hosted by Samba Olywa. (Facebook event).

Seattle, WA

September 27

Maracatu workshop, 7-9pm, Seattle Drum School Georgetown (1010 S. Bailey St., Seattle, WA).

September 28

Maracatu workshop, 7-9pm, Seattle Drum School Georgetown (1010 S. Bailey St., Seattle, WA).

Tucson, AZ

September 29

Maracatu workshop (Nininho + Derek), 7-9pm, Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, (1013 South Tyndall Avenue, Tucson, AZ).

September 30

Body Percussion and Self-Breema workshop (Derek), 3-4:30pm, Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, (1013 South Tyndall Avenue, Tucson, AZ).

October 1

Maracatu student workshop (Nininho + Derek), 4-6pm, Chicanos Por La Causa, (250 N Silverbell Road, Tucson, AZ

Flagstaff, AZ

October 2 - 3

Madison, WI

October 4 - 10

Nininho with Maracatu Badia flag