Maracá Brazilian Culture

Maracá Brazilian Culture focuses on establishing dialogues with and setting in motion our traditional culture. Grounded on a reflection about the process of artistic creation and its aesthetic and social responsibilities, we conduct a wide-ranging project involving research, documentation, art-education and cultural production. Since 1991, we have been organizing an archive comprised of over 1800 hours of audiovisual recordings and more than 50,000 photographs of popular traditions – a material which has been the basis for the production of over 30 musical albums, 12 feature documentaries, books and other kinds of award winning publications.

PUBLICATIONS, CDs, DVDs/DOCUMENTARIES

CD TAMBOR DE MINA na Virada da Mata

Casa Fanti Ashati; FUNC, 2000

CD BAIÃO DAS PRINCESAS

Casa Fanti Ashanti e A Barca – CPC UMES, 2002

CD NHAMANDU WERÁ

Comunidade Guarani (SC), 2003

Livro KUARAY’I YWY RUPÁRE – A Vida do Sol

Livro bilíngue Guarani Português, São Sebastião/SP, 2003

CD TRIPLO AMJËKĨN

Música dos povos Timbira (TO/MA) – Petrobras, 2004

CD TAMBOR DE MINA Raiz Nagô

Casa Fanti-Ashanti – Maracá, 2004

CD RITMOS AFRICANOS no Xangô do Recife

Sítio de Pai Adão – FUNDARPE, 2004

CD OS QUENTES DA MADRUGADA

Carimbó de Santarém Novo/PA –Petrobras/2005

CD REISADO E GUERREIRO

Juazeiro do Norte/CE – 2005

CAIXA TRILHA, TOADA e TRUPÉ

3 CDs e 1 DVD documentário – Petrobras, 2006

CAIXA COLEÇÃO TURISTA APRENDIZ

7 CDs e um DVD com 7 curtas documentários – Petrobras, 2007

CD ESTRELA BRASILEIRA

Bumba Boi de Maracanã/MA – Petrobras, 2007

DVD RIO MIRINZÁ

Bumba Boi de Maracanã/MA – Petrobras, 2007

CD MENSAGEIROS GUARANI

São Sebastião/SP – Secretaria de Cultura de São Paulo, 2008

CD BOI ENCANTADO

Casa Fanti Ashanti/MA – FUNARTE, 2009

DVD PEDRA DA MEMÓRIA

FUNARTE, 2010

CD NA EIRA

Ponto br – Petrobras, 2010

CD CHEGO JÁ

Sebastião Biano e Seu Terno Esquenta Muié – ProAc, 2016.

CD TENDA SÃO JOSÉ

Acervo Maracá – ProAC, 2016.

CD OLHA O MATEUS!

Orquestra Popular do Recife – FUNDARPE, 2004

CD BOI

Marcelo Pretto – ProAC, 2017.

CULTURAL PRODUCTION AND CREATION

Ponto Br

Ponto br is a collective composed of contemporary musicians and masters of traditional culture. It asserts art as a space of encounters and possible dialogues between different strands and generations, uncovering an alternative approach to artistic creation. Download here.

SEBASTIÃO BIANO E SEU TERNO ESQUENTA MULÉ [SEBASTIAN BIANO AND HIS LADY-SPARKING SUIT]

Sebastião Biano is the last remaining member of the legendary Caruaru Fife Band. Currently at the age of 100, he remains active. In 2016 Sebastião recorded his very first solo album, which was nominated for the Prêmio da Música Brasileira award for Best Instrumental Album. Click here to download it.

A Barca

A Barca [The Boat] is a group based in the state of São Paulo dedicated to researching and setting in motion Brazilian popular culture. Active since 1998, it has recorded 3 albums and presented over 500 concerts throughout the whole of Brazil, South America and Europe. Click here to download.

PEDRA DA MEMÓRIA [MEMORY STONE]

Pedra da Memória [Memory Stone] is a dialogue between the popular traditions of Brazil and Benin. It is the result of an aesthetic research and investigation project that, throughout many travels and recordings, gave rise to award winning books, documentaries, exhibitions, spectacles and educational programs. Click here to download.

WORKSHOPS FOCUSSING ON TRADITIONAL CULTURE

ART-EDUCATION

MASTER WALTER AND ÉDER ROCHA

MARACATU

The workshop focusses on the music of Maracatu Nação (nation-style maracatu). It works on singing – the Loas or Toadas – and percussion called Baque, comprised of the following instruments: Tarol (shallow snare drum), Ganzá (rattle), Abê (gourd shaker), Gonguê (cowbell), Alfaias Marcante (large rope-tuned bass drum), Alfaia Meião Marcante (medium rope-tuned drum) and Alfaia Repique Marcante (small rope-tuned drum). The instruments are played in each of the different rhythms (Baques).

THE MENEZES FAMILY SNARE DRUMMERS

DIVINO’S SNARE

The workshop offers an organic musical education experience construed though the practice of singing and percussion. The chants of Divino, transmitted orally for generations, are easily assimilated, rescuing collective memory. A group practice of fluid and engaging musical results, lead by a simple and vigorous percussion.

RIBINHA OF MARACANÃ AND HENRIQUE MENEZES

BUMBA BOI

The workshop concentrates on bumba boi of the Matraca or Ilha variety, with over a thousand members, including musicians and dancers, and like a game, meshes singing, dancing and, above all, the playing of the many instruments of the bumba boi orchestra to the tunes (Toadas) of Master Humberto.

COMUNIDADE AGUDÁ DE PORTO NOVO, BENIN

BOURIAN

A oficina será ministrada por membros da Association dês Ressortissants Brésiliens – Benin, trará aos participantes as encenações da burrinha, envolvendo a participação de seus numerosos personagens e os cantos que os caracterizam, onde se mistura o português, o nagô, o fon e o gum.