2011 BeanTown Jazz FestivalMarcus Santos and Bloco AfroBrazil
Bloco AfroBrazil's goal is to preserve, promote, and spread the Afro-Brazilian culture, in all its aspects: music, dance, religion, and culinary arts. Their primary focus is on music and dance, through different music entities: BatukAxé drum and dance ensemble playing samba reggae and other batucada style grooves. Banda Jiló playing Forro music from northeastern Brazil. Aguidá plays Axé music, the most contemporary music style from Salvador. Mangalô a modern interpretation of traditional Brazilian grooves. Our goals are to create an annual event fully dedicated to the Afro-Brazilian culture and to organize an annual trip to Bahia to spread the knowledge of Afro-Brazilian culture in the U.S. by exposing people to the lifestyle of Bahia.