Environment Day (Dia do Meio Ambiente),
June 5th, will be celebrated in Rio
Claro, Brazil on July 5th with the
Bando Balaio de Paia playing folkloric
music. Soridema, an environmental
organization which celebrated World
Water Day (March 22) in 2004 with
a One World Beat event, is organizing
a festive event which is part of numerous
other activities taking place globally
during that time. In Brazil (in Portuguese)
For 2004 activities see www.unep.org/wed/2004
(2005). Please contact Harold Fowler
of Soridema for exact details: email@example.com
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On March 12th, starting at 2:30pm
at the Cafe Uranus in Sao Paolo, Brazil,
the K.RAM.K band will be performing
in an event called "Cara Feia
pra Espantar os Maus Espiritos"
("Ugly Face to Frighten Off Bad
Spirits"), which is also the
name of their latest CD. The concert,
taking place at the end of the World
Social Forum meeting (so there will
be a "new world inside us",
as the band says), will feature a
mix of music, poetry, dance, drama,
fine arts, and capoeira. The band,
which takes its name from the word
"Carranca" (pronounced "kah-hum-kah")
or "prow figures"--wooden
sculptures in the shape of "monsters",
set on the boats of Brazilian ships
since the 19th century to frighten
bad spirits away from the waters and
ensure smooth sailing--will be performing
music which they regard as being "strong",
like the Carrances' facial expressions.
In this way, they hope to frighten
off all bad spirits (depression, anger,
violence, war, injustice) and create
a sense of harmony and peace.
music--a mix of Brazilian (bossa nova,
repente, samba, maracatu) and World
Rhythm influences (jazz, pop, reggae,
ethnic styles from around the world,
rap, classical, funk)--reflects the
varied ethnicities of band members.
The audience is invited to participate,
in a style of interaction K.RAM.K.
describes as "Misturalismo",
where participants are encouraged
to play instruments, dance, and engage
all of their senses in the experience.
MP3 and video clips, as well as lyrics
and more info about the band, can
be found at www.k-ram-k.com.br.
The group also has a foundation, in
keeping with their own artistic and
personal commitment to social issues.
They believe that arts are a transformative
experience, and therefore are developing
artistic education projects for children
and young people from poor areas,
in hopes that these youth will develop
new ideas and plans which will change
their own lives, that of the country,
and also affect the world. The band
donates 5% of its income to social
and cultural actions, and gives workshops
and concerts to support its foundation.
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