Ever wondered what Rio de Janeiro’s (Brazil) famous samba dance entails? Well, if you want to find out you should consider attending the upcoming event Soca vs Samba carded to take place on February 8 at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain. Hosted by De Nu Pub (The Mas Camp), on Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, it is the first time an authentic full Brazilian samba band will grace the shores of T&T for Carnival. Hayden Agostini, a representative of the establishment, told the T&T Guardian the band to appear—the Carlos Glauber Samba Band, is a compilation of musicians from the best samba schools in Rio de Janeiro, some members being from the popular samba group Salqueira, the group that took home the title of Band of the Year in Rio’s Carnival a few years ago.
Agostini noted the idea for such an event to take place in T&T was long in the making in the mind of Mas Camp Pub owner Mc Donald Ward. According to him, Ward always wanted to stage such a show. “He always wanted such an event to take place, so this year things worked out and he decided to create the show into a soca versus samba event, seeing that both countries are in the midst of celebrating the Carnival season,” explained Agostini.
He said discussions had been held with Exodus Steel Orchestra and masman Brian MacFarlane to have a delegation visit Rio’s Carnival on an annual basis beginning in 2014. However, he also indicated all had not been finalised yet regarding the same. “I have to put this out there as well the agent for the Salqueira group wants to even take Destra Garcia to Brazil to perform. He heard her sing and immediately wanted her to be a part of Rio’s samba celebrations.”
The band will be arriving in T&T on February 2 and will conduct a workshop prior to the event, in which they will be teaching samba dancing and the use of Brazilian musical instruments. Billed to give samba dancers a run for their money are Kes The Band, Destra Garcia and calypso legend David Rudder, who will be performing with Wayne Bruno Band.
Visit www.socaandsamba.com or call the Mas Camp Pub at 627-4042.
Tickets are also available online at the same web address.