REPRESENTING CARNIVAL CHAMPIONS NAÇÃO do MARACATU PORTO RICO, from Recife, Brazil
We were formed by our leader Sam Alexander back in 2002 under the original name of Maracatu Estrela do Norte. The band play Maracatu Carnival percussion music from Recife, Brazil. After Sam had an extended stay in the community of Bode in Recife in 2017 with Nacao do Maracatu Porto Rico, our name was changed to Baque de Axe and we became affliated to Porto Rico in the songs and rhythms we play.
We play in concerts and clubs, parade in street carnivals, teach workshops and perform at private and corporate events. We play “Maracatu de Baque Virado”, which means ‘Maracatu of the turning beat', reflecting the syncopation and interaction of the beats. This traditional form of carnival parading, percussion and dance has deep roots in Afro-Brazilian traditions and is a major form of carnival in Recife, around Brazil, and also around the world.
NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL 2019 TAMBORES LIVRES
Baque de Axé were proud to take part as one of 3 percussion groups in this amazing project, with Sam Alexander as the the Project Director and members such as Maxine McCarthy organising education outreach programmes with local schools and yout clubs it was a very special year.
TAMBORES LIVRES is unprecedented collaboration between different Brazilian musical, cultural groups, which are coming together to the sound of a Berimbau Orchestra, four maracatu and samba reggae bands, dancers, placards/banners and very special guests. check out www.tamboreslivres.co.uk for more info
May 18th & 19th: Workshop by Sam -Ward Hardy of Baque de Ogum. Event on FB
June 1st: Kemptown Carnival, Brighton.
June tbc: potential workshop from visiting Mestre from Brazil
5-7th Paris Maracatu Encontro featuring Mestre Chacon of Port Rico. FB
13th Liverpool Brazilica Festival (Baque de Axe parading with Baque de Ogum) FB
18th -26th Visit of Mestre Chacon to Baque de Axe in London
1st-24th Series of key rehearsals and workshops run by visiting artists from Porto Rico Bigato Pereira and Thalita Domingues
24th-26th Notting Hill Carnival 2019
Postponed due to corona Virus watch this space
NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL 2018
With members of Baque de Ogum and friends, Baque de Axe were placed 3rd in the carnival's inaugaral Brazilian Competition
CARNIVAL ARTS, DANCE AND PERCUSSION
Amazing fun Afro-Brazilian traditional dance and percussion workshops in London
Led by our Band Leader Sam Alexander, we offer classes at various levels for people of all ages, including for absolute beginners!.
INFO ON OUR NEXT GIG PLUS PAST PERFORMANCES AT CARNIVAL, FESTIVALS AND GIGS
BAQUE de AXÉ at
-LOVE CARNIVAL, The CLF Art Cafe, Bussey Building, Peckham.
-Movimientos , Hootananny in Brixton .