JOIN US at Notting Hill Carnival in a vibrant Brazilian style parade for democracy and human rights.
Across London a movement is taking shape. A movement of socially concerned Brazilians and people of all corners of the world who are determined to shine a light on those that have resisted and continue to fight for rights and democracy.
TAMBORES LIVRES is unprecedented collaboration between different Brazilian musical, cultural groups, which are coming together to celebrate Brazilian heroes and heroines at Notting Hill Carnival. Tambores livres is a loud response to the rise of the far right in Brazil, where anti-democratic attitudes are growing; activists, politicians, community and cultural leaders are being assassinated; political figures are being falsely imprisoned ; and the deforestation of the Amazonian rain forest is accelerating on an unforeseen scale.
Tambores Livres will be celebrating the lives and struggles of three Brazilian heroes/heroines, MARIELLE FRANCO, MESTRE MOA and CABOCLO 2 de JULHO to the sound of a Berimbau Orchestra, four maracatu and samba reggae bands, dancers, placards/banners and very special guests.
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The second section of the carnival procession will celebrate the politician and activist Marielle Franco, who was assassinated in 2018, fighting for justice for the minorities in Rio. She denounced illegal police force (militia) activities and was a supporter of human and LGBTQ rights in Brazil.
For this section of the parade, three maracatu bands are collaboration to perform as one group. Baque Luar, Baque de Axé and Baque de Ogum to make a ‘Baque for Marielle’.
At the front of the Baque – the maracatu drum ensemble, leading the song and celebration will be Baque Luar, which has emerged as women’s-only maracatu band specialising in professional stage performances focused on their own compositions. In the run up to carnival and on the day of the carnival parade, Baque Luar will be working Thalita Domingues, from Nação do Maracatu Porto Rico and who also leads Maracatu Asé d’Ori, in Aracaju, Brazil, with Bigato Pereira.
"Enquanto houver desigualdade, seremos resistência!
Quando o afoxé tocar na sua vida, quero vê seus olhos cheios de alegria!
Quem vai quebrar a máquina do mal ?!
A felicidade do afoxé é dançar a ouvir o agogô ao som do ijexá.
Vamos dançar com fé é tempo de afoxé !
Voa a mensagem bonita pro mundo saber, devolva em luz aos amigos de Katendê.
Seu espírito de luta vai civilizando.”
Mestre Moa Do Katende
At the front of the parade Capoeira Marazul will lead a berimbau Orchestra to
celebrate the life of Mestre Moa do Katende, who was stabbed and killed in the run up
to last’s year’s General Election in Brazil, when he expressed his support for a socially progressive candidate.
The Berimbau Orchestra is led by Mestre Joãozinho da Figueira from Marazul, who had a strong relationship with Mestre Moa and is being supported by Mestre Nelio of Grove Capoeira.
The final section of the Tambores Livres carnival procession will depict
Caboclo 2 de Julho (Caboclo 2nd of July) who is a historical figure believed
to have been the leader of a battalion of indigenous and mixed-race fighters in
Bahia during the war for independence against the Portuguese.
He is celebrated as a symbol of the independence of Bahia, but more than this,
he is commemorated as a symbol to remember the forgotten soldiers,
battalions of indigenous fighters using tribal weapons, the African slaves and free men,
the poor and isolated communities that organised themselves to form the majority
of the troops fighting for liberation.
This section of the parade will be led by Marcos Santana with Tribo Band.