woensdag 9 oktober 2013

Blocos Afro from Bahia


The last few months I have been working with Matthias Haffner. He is a great percussion player from Germany, living in Rotterdam. Together we made some good lessons about the pandeiro.
Well, we are planning to go to Brasil next year! Matthias is going to help me making a book (and filming, recording) about the Bloco Afro in Bahia!!! Bloco means group.
In Bahia you have a lot of good groups like: Olodum, Ilê Aiyê, Muzenza, Timbalada, Malê Debalê ect. They all play very nice rhythms, but unfortunately there is still no music book with the beautiful rhythms they play.
There are good books about samba's, but the samba-reggae's, afoxés, Ijexá ect. in the styles of the Blocos? I haven't found them yet.
So, this is what I want to do, write a book about these Blocos!
Next year in October and November we are going for 2 months to learn, study and write down their music!
Matthias has also an other goal, he wants to make a documentary about pandeiro players, old and young ones. There are many different styles of playing. Of course samba is famous, but you also have the forro-styles and Coco and more. To see and film the different players we will go to Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Pernambuco ect. So, we will travel through Brasil with our camera's and recording equipment!!
We have 1 year to prepare ourselves. We already have some good contacts in Brasil, but we need more. We both have to study our Portugese.... We have to learn to be a good cameraman (we start next week with this) and of course we need money. We understand it will be expensive, so we have to do crowd funding and raise money in other ways.

We are really looking forward in doing this and of course if you have some good advice or tips for us, let us now. We can use all the help we can get!!

I'll keep you posted on the developments!