About this show
Berkeley-based Tambores Julio Remelexo was formed in 2004 by Julio Remelexo. The Brazilian percussion ensemble features him along with lead singer Danilo Macarrao and other percussionists and instrumentalists who often dance while performing. The ensemble presents the heart of the Afro-based groups of Brazil. The music, Brazilian traditional and popular, is about the state of the world today and the hope for peace.
Born in Salvador in northeastern Brazil, Remelexo grew up with music. His mother was a singer in the legendary Ilê Aiyê, the first black Carnaval group in Brazil. By the time he was 17, Julio was a percussionist with Banda Aiyê and toured Brazil, Europe, and the U.S. with them in the ensuing years. Invited to the U.S. on a cultural exchange by Brasarte, Remelexo taught workshops and created a new band of women playing percussion, Grupo Julio Remelexo. The band has performed at carnivals and clubs around northern California.
Reggae-funk-samba band Palavra, meaning “word” in Portuguese, combines powerful Brazilian vocals with the energy and influences of Latin and North American roots. The seven-member East Bay group draws from life experiences to produce contagious beats and lyrical melodies to unify people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Palavra is singer Priscilla Santos, keyboard player Steve O’Shea, guitarist Steve Brown, bassist David Cater, drummer Justin Silva, and percussion from Julio Remelexo and Carlos Filho.