Maracatu is a rhythm and dance from Pernambuco, a state in the Northeast of Brazil. Maracatu was created by enslaved Africans to retain their culture. It features heavy percussion drums and a lot of dancing. It’s a fixture in the Carnival of Recife/Olinda that you just can’t get in Rio de Janeiro’s spectator-based Carnival.
This is a band I stumbled upon rehearsing the music they will play in this year’s Carnival in about two weeks. Forgive the less-than-ideal video quality, but it was dark and from where I was standing to best capture the sound, I had to be extra vigilant for random thieves so it might appear slightly jumpy. Enjoy the video anyway!