Drumming festival features the sounds of Brazil

By Admin Wednesday May 30 2012 in Entertainment
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The 13th Annual Muhtadi International Drumming Festival (MIDF) is set to go on June 9 and 10 featuring a number of international artists from around the world including the musical group, Baque de Bamba.


With this group, expect to hear floor-shaking rhythms and see the vibrant dances of Northeastern Brazil.


Baque de Bamba, led by Juno Award nominee Aline Morales, is a Toronto-based percussion group that performs traditional Brazilian rhythms such as maracatu, coco and the afoxé. The group is not new to the Muhtadi festival as they have shared their passion and energy with the festival’s audiences in the past.


Morales recently received a Juno nomination for World Music Album of the Year for her debut solo album, Flores, Tambores e Amores. Since her arrival in Toronto in 2003, she has been a determined promoter of the traditional maracatu rhythms of Northeastern Brazil, performing with her 30-member percussion troupe, Baque de Bamba, at various outdoor festivals, leading parades through Kensington Market and starring in Ontario Tourism’s “There’s No Place Like This” commercials. In addition, they perform at concerts, music and cultural festivals, fundraisers and street parties.


Beginning with five main percussion instruments of maracatu music, (the alfaia, the caixa, the gongue, the abe and the mineiro) and accompanied by the melodies of the call and response vocals, a Baque de Bamba performance is a high-energy celebration of rhythm and voice that can include up to 25 performers. The troupe has also begun exploring a more urban and contemporary style by incorporating electric guitar and a horn section into their performances.


An experienced performer and teacher, Morales’s training in capoeira prompted her interest in music, which eventually led to her joining one of Brazil’s most renowned maracatu groups, Nacao Estrela Brilhante do Recife, led by Mestre Walter de Franca. In Canada, she has performed with Brazilian and Canadian artists such as Samba Squad, Maninho Costa and the Toronto Tabla Ensemble. She also co-founded and directed the group, Maracatu Nunca Antes.


The Muhtadi International Drumming Festival is a free two-day festival and family-friendly celebration.


The event will take place at Woodbine Park, which is located at the corner of Coxwell Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East in the Toronto Beach.


For further information visit www.muhtadidrumfest.com.


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