FESTA fridays presents 2014 Pre-Carnaval EVENT
3040 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90026
Doors 9:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Chris BRAZIL has been a driving force of nightlife & entertainment in Los Angeles since 1986, and a fixture in the local Brazilian entertainment community for nearly 10 years. The mantra of always delivering cutting-edge, incomparable and unparalleled experiences to the landscape is his cornerstone. From producing events for superstars of entertainment & sports at legendary hotspots, managing recording artists, to DJ for hire, top-notch music remains essential to his formula for success.
Firmly planted in the upper echelon of DJs and musicians specializing in the sound & culture of Brazil, Chris BRAZIL has been recognized by the Brazilian International Press Association as the #1 DJ on the West Coast each of the last 3 years. Performance highlights include being the featured DJ annually at the West Coast’s largest Brazilian Carnaval (since 2009), as well as a multitude of carnaval events in Arizona, Las Vegas, Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and throughout Los Angeles. Brazilian Independence events in San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Arizona have repeatedly spotlighted his talents, as well as the Hollywood Carnival, an international festival celebrating cultures from all over the world. His grooves will put a smile on your face at some of the hottest spots on the map, as well as Brazilian concerts, Miss Brazil USA & Brazilian Summer Beauty pageants, SoCal Surf & Skate competitions, and other major sporting events.
In addition to producing music, remixes and special events, Chris BRAZIL is also at the helm of the TRÓPICO²³ Sound System, a diaspora of top notch talent including BATALÁ Los Angeles, BatukAxé, Fabio JAHGUN, The New Rockars & himself. He greatly values the blessing, honor and opportunity he has been given to continue enhancing globally relevant events in entertainment, the arts and nightlife that reflect the alluring, enlightening and irresistible spirit & flavor of Brazil, Latin America and the Caribbean. His mission is simple: Spread Amor, Paz & Alma (Love, Peace & Soul) ... all the while ... Making You Smile.
BATALÁ Los Angeles
Batalá Los Angeles is a samba reggae music and dance ensemble. Led by Musical director Mario Pallais.
Batalá—an international samba reggae performance group—was founded in Paris in 1997 by Giba Gonçalves, a Bahian percussionist (Ilê Aiyê, Olodum, Muzenza, Male Debale, Jimmy Cliff, Tupi Nago, and Kaoma). One of the founders of the Afro Bloco Cortejo Afro, an arts education project to help underserved young people living in poor communities, Gonçalves moved to Paris in 1997 and founded Batalá as the European wing of the project. Today, Batalá Paris is the oldest of all the international Batalá contingents.
Cortejo Afro and Batalá share much of the same repertoire and since 1999, Batalá groups have performed every year at the Salvador’s carnaval as part of Cortejo Afro. From its inception in Paris, individual Batalá organizations have sprung up all over the globe in countries as diverse as Brazil, England, Spain, Wales, Portugal, Belgium, Austria, Angola, South Africa, and The Netherlands. In the United States, Batalá Washington DC was founded in 2007 and Batalá New York City was established in 2011. Batalá Houston, Batalá San Francisco and Los Angeles are the most recently formed contingents.
The international movement shares the samba reggae musical arrangements and percussion breaks composed by Gonçalves, graphics, costumes, and dance movements. With a worldwide membership of over 800 drummers, the shared musical and artistic models facilitates the various groups to travel from country to country and participate in events together. Batalá drums, sticks and mallets, drum straps, and costumes are produced in Salvador at Instituto Oya and Fabrica Batalá under a fair trade agreement.
The name Batalá carries a double reference to the phrase “bateu lá,” meaning “hit there” in Portuguese and to Obatalá (Oxalá), the Candomblé diety who is the father of the Orixas and of all humanity. Draped in the purity of white, Obatalá is the source of all that is peaceful and compassionate.