Tuesday, March 2, 2010


MARCH 2010
SINCE 1998

Once in awhile I hear songs that bring me back memories of my childhood. That’s exactly what happened when my friend and musicologist Beto Gonzalez introduced me to Samba Society’s repertoire. Among the songs there is “Casinha da Marambaia” (Marambaia’s Little House) that I’ll be singing at Shoenberg Hall in UCLA on march 6th. The song was composed by Henricão and Rubens Campo, both from Rio de Janeiro, and was recorded by almost every major singer in Brasil.

Marambaia is a thin peninsula coming off the southwest end of the Rio de Janeiro area and is a property of the Brazilian Navy. Yes, this means Restinga da Marambaia is one of the rare places in Rio where Nature is still untouched.

Here’s a link to a video of Henricão singing Marambaia at a TV Program in 1973.

Grass Valley World Fest July 15 & 16
San Rafael July 17
Sambaguru's song TRIBO GANDHISTA will soon to be released on a compilation called  "Diaspora 4 Africa Vol. 3” in Germany and many other European countries.

SHOWS & More:
Spring workshop: SAMBA AND BEYOND: BRAZILIAN HEART DANCE, Age 15-Adult Introduction to Brazilian Culture through movement. Learn the essential steps used in Carnival and more! Bring water and a towel. Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm 3/24-5/19@ Borchard Community Center (Newbury Park, CA)

Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 8pm
Special guest with Samba Society
@ Schoenberg Hall, 1100 Schoenberg Music Building
 A Night of Brazilian and Arab Music
Samba Society is primarily dedicated to the partido alto and samba de terreiro popularized by Rio’s “Old Guard” of urban samba. The group’s repertoire features renditions of vintage sambas reminiscent of classic recordings from the 1970s.

Muamba @ Zanzibar (1301 5th St. at Arizona, Santa Monica, CA)
Sunday, March 7  (also featuring Andre Belle and Kandace Lindsey)

Gilberto Gil: The String Quartet @ Royce Hall (UCLA)
Featuring Jacques Morelembaum and Bem Gil
Saturday, March 20 (I’ll be there!!)

TED X Conejo
@ Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza from 8am to 4:30pm
TED is one of the most exciting sites in the Internet. I was very happy when I found out I could watch some of its lectures for free during my flight to Houston with Virgin America this past February.
Check this link and found out what I’m talking about.

One of my favorite singers from Brasil singing “Coisa da Antiga”: Clara Nunes!

“Disse afinal que o que é de verdade ninguém mais hoje liga, Isso é coisa da antiga…”
(At the end she said that nobody cares about what’s true these days, they call truth ‘a thing of the past’)
Quote from “Coisa da Antiga” by Wilson Moreira and Nei Lopes

Have a beautiful Primavera (Spring)!
Katia : )
P.S. : www.braziliansleepingpill.blogspot.com
(a story before going to bed?)
Photo: Myself at 15 with Luciane and Marquinhos on bandolim.

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