Nation Beat is a New York Brazilian maracatu, forró, funk, jazz band.
¡Legal! (cool), But What is That?
Let’s break that down.
- Maracatu is basically a Brazilian carnival tradition from Pernambuco state in Northeastern, Brazil. The carnival groups were called nação’s (nations). They’re like different religious brotherhoods, or maybe even quilombos, the forest towns founded by people who freed themselves.
- Forró is a country dance from Northeastern, Brazil. The dance is a lot like Dominican bachata. It’s danced very close between the legs. It’s very popular in France.
- Funk derives from rhythm & blues and rock in the United States.
- Jazz derives from Haitian Diaspora traditions in New Orleans.
It all works together because it’s all African Diaspora music.
Nation Beat in New York City
Nation Beat plays it’s unique maracatu, forró, funk, jazz fusion at Flushing Town Hall in Flushing, Queens; on Saturday, May 13, 2023. There’s an interactive workshop at 7pm followed by a concert at 8pm. $18 including the workshop. flushingtownhall.org 🇧🇷