Mari Palhares is a Percussionist who moved to Toronto from Sao Paulo, Brazil at the age of 19. Her interest in percussion led her to Maracatu (Afro-Brazilian percussion) at the age of 17. In 2007, already living in Toronto, she joined Maracatu Baque de Bamba, founded by Aline Morales (lead singer/director of the drumming troupe). Mari has since become the co-leader, a teacher and the producer of Baque de Bamba, as well as a well-known artist within and beyond the Brazilian community in Toronto
Mari’s Workshop at Bliss
Maracatu : Introduction to the Afro Brazilian Rhythm and Cultural Manifestation
Baque de Bamba workshops involve team work, communication, musical dynamics and rhythmic explorations. In a relaxed and impromptu approach, we look to help participants feel comfortable with the instruments and get acquainted with the Maracatu basics. We choose to take a more hands-on approach as opposed to lecture style because of the nature and culture of Maracatu – it is learned through the body, listening, connecting with each other, feeling the base drums in contrast with the higher pitched shakers and bells, and singing. Nonetheless it is important to take time to explain basic technique and rhythmic patterns. Starting with warm-up exercises, basic stretching and rhythm games, the whole group works together and gets acquainted as one following the leader of the troupe. Drumming brings us together, connects us with our ancestors and empowers and enriches our spirits.
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Baque de Bamba is an Afro-Brazilian percussion group based in Toronto, founded in 2009 by the notable Brazilian artist and Juno Nominee Aline Morales; leader of the former Maracatu group “Nunca Antes”. We perform afro rhythms originated in the northeast of Brazil, mostly in the city of Recife. Our main focus is on the Maracatu de Baque Virado style, however, we also perform other percussive styles like Coco, Ciranda and Ijexá. baquedebamba.com
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