FESTA fridays presents 2014 Pre-Carnaval EVENT

Chris BRAZIL has been a driving force of nightlife & entertainment in Los Angeles for over 25 years, and a fixture in the local Brazilian entertainment community since 2007. 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 essentail to his formula for success.

Now firmly planted in the upper echelon of DJs and musicians specializing in the sound & culture of Brazil, Chris BRAZIL has been associated with the most relevant recent happenings in the Southwest. This includes being the featured DJ, 4 years running, at the West Coast's largest Brazilian Carnaval, as well as the last 2 years at Brazilian Day Arizona, while also working closely with the organizers of Brazilian Day in LA, as one of its sponsors. Most recently, Chris BRAZIL was a featured performer at the West Coast's largest Brazilian Independence event, Brazilian Day San Diego, which attracts over 50,000 attendees, as well as, Brazilian Carnaval events in San Diego & Santa Barbara. His grooves will put a smile on your face at some of the hottest places on the map, as well as Brazilian concerts, Miss Brazil USA & Brazilian Summer Beauty pageants, SoCal Surf & Skate events, and the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center, to name a few. In addition, he is at the helm of Brazilian Sundays WORLDWIDE, which produces a number of events throughout the year.

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.



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