Pulsing Brazilian drumbeats filled the air at the beautiful California Plaza on Sat. August 17, while the glitterati of the Brazilian community in Los Angeles sipped Caipirinha and snacked on hors d'oeuvres at a private cocktail party hosted by the Consulate General of Brazil General of Brazil, marking the 35th anniversary of the Brazilian Hour radio show.
Produced in five languages, the Brazilian Hour showcases the countries wonderful music, rich culture. The weekly radio show can be heard on NPR stations across the country as well as outlets worldwide. Here in LA tune into KXLU 88.9 FM Saturday and Sunday, for the live broadcast between 9 and 10 AM or stream it live on your computer. 9AM on a weekend morning too early for you? No worries, you can listen the show by clicking the links on their website 24/7.
The festive celebration, A Tale of Two Nations: Nacao Estrela Brilhante and Nation Beat was hosted by the Brazilian Hour bringing the carnivalesque celebration to Grand Performances in downtown Los Angeles. The explosive music of the Maracatú kept fans on their feet dancing the beat of the thunderous indigenous rhythms. Add to that stunning vibrant costumes and ending with the all the performers drumming and parading through the audience and you have an unforgettable evening.
This was a celebration of the music and culture from northeast Brazil, but if you missed it you can enjoy the sounds of this South American nation at the Brazilian Summer Festival, September 1 at the Ford Amphitheater. The festival will feature the sounds of Rio de Janeiro and Bahia plus a Capoeira show and Samba dancers.