Maracatu Cruzeiro do Sul
Maracatu Cruzeiro do Sul is a Brighton based drumming, singing and dancing group. Formed in 2007 by Paul Dodd the group performs styles from the North East of Brazil including Maracatu, Coco, Baiao, Ciranda and Afoxe.
The group performs at parades, festivals, clubs and outdoor events. Along with vibrant costumes and dynamic movement the atmosphere and bass-heavy sound never fail to get people dancing!
Maracatu is powered by the alfaia (bass drum) whose powerful rhythms punctuate the beat of the caixa (snare drum) gongue (cowbell), and abê (shaker). It makes everyone want to dance!
Maracatu Cruzeiro do Sul are fortunate to have as their lead dancers, (their King and Queen) top international dancers Ricardo Axe from Olinda, Brazil and Rosaria Gracia from Cordoba, Spain who also acts as Choreographer for the group.
Maracatu Cruzerio do Sul are one of only 3 Maracatu bands in the UK. Cruzeiro do Sul is Portuguese for 'Southern Cross' and is part of the constellation Crux. It is an important national symbol in Brazil and has been used as a guide by sailors for many years whilst navigating their journeys during the night in the south seas of the globe.
Traditionally Maracatu is an Afro-Brazilian ritual from Recife, celebrating the coronation of African kings and Queens in the New World. Here Maracatu Cruzeiro do Sul bring their deep grooves and festive atmosphere to every event wanting to be enriched by their wonderful rhythms and strong visual impact.