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Bailar Tropical : w La Descarga + Trio Sanfona Sentida

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Penny Black, 420 SYDNEY ROAD, BRUNSWICK 3056 VIC

The Penny Black + PeopleartPeople apresenta

Bailar Tropiiiicaaal ! 🌴💃🎶🥥🌵🎉

Una noche de música latina tropical!!

A night of tropical latin sounds with Colombian and Brazilian Roots music same time as 'carnival weekend' in South America!

Hola Amigos e amigas - who’s ready to celebrate the official South American carnival weekend??!!

Feat Colombian cumbia and roots band LA DESCARGA (meaning rhythm explosion), playing the energetic sounds from the tropical coasts of the coffee and sugar plantation lands - Atlantico / Carribean / Pacifico Cumbia, Gaita, Palenque, Porro, Puya, Currulao, Mapalé and more! Traditional flutes, bass, raw fiery percussion and electrifying singing blended together alongside colourful dancers for a dynamic show of latin heritage roots music energy! They’ll also be presenting some of the flavours from Colombia’s legendary 'Barranquilla carnaval’ vibes. https://youtu.be/ryrFORbIe68 https://ladescargaband.com/about

Alongside Brazilian roots ‘forró music' trio, Sanfona Sentida playing the swaying, bumpy, tropical music of Brazil’s dry and hot North East region, complete with sanfona (Brazilian accordion) soaring pocket-rocket vocals from Paulina Viroga, sizzling percussion and dance! They recently returned from a mini Europe tour playing at Brazilian Forró festivals and events in Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Spain.
https://youtu.be/aDBmTtQU4-4

With Sabrosa Sound System DJs Carlo Xavier/Pepe Sol & Paprika keeping things sizzling for the in-betweens. Sabrosa head honcho Carlo/Pepe Sol recently co-compiler on compilation release of tropical music from the Amazonian region of Brazil (the first of its kind!) - ‘Jambú e Os Míticos Sons Da Amazônia' - out now on @Analog Africa Recordings. https://analogafrica.bandcamp.com/album/jamb-e-os-m-ticos-sons-da-amaz-nia Cumbia DJ mix: https://www.mixcloud.com/Sabrosa/la-costa-buena-by-pepesol/

vamos bailar!! get ready to boogie down - tropical roots carnaval style!! 🌴💃🎶🎉

8pm-12am . free entry .

The Penny Black 420 Sydney Rd Brunswick www.thepennyblack.com.au

Cumbia Party with La Descarga

Open Studio, 204 High St, Northcote

After a well deserved and long siesta, la Descarga is ready for some fiesta! To the sound of the drums and the rhythms of Afro-Colombian music and dance this night will heat up your soul to a boneshaking experience.

La Descarga has prepared a special night at Open Studio to gather and pay tribute to the Carnival of Barranquilla, one of Colombia's most important folkloric celebrations, and one of the biggest carnivals in the world.

La Descarga will be bringing the traditional gaita and tambora group to celebrate through the night playing the tunes representative of the February Barranquilla Fiestas including puya, cumbia, gaita, bullerengue and mapale. Put your dancing shoes and your carnival vibes on and get down to the fiesta de carnaval!

La Descarga is a tribute to the music and dance traditions of the Afro-Colombian regions from the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Colombia. Created in 2009 in Melbourne, this unique ensemble in Australia has preserved the culture of Colombian Tri-ethnic (Spanish, African and Indigenous) ancestors, sharing it with Australian music and traditions.

Colombia is known as "The land of a thousand rhythms" holding over 1000 folk rhythms. La Descarga explores the roots and sounds of these many rhythms from the coasts of Colombia

Entry $12 at the door

Cumbia Candle Light Night with La Descarga

Open Studio, 204 High St, Northcote

To the sound of the drums and the rhythms of Afro-Colombian dance this night will heat up your soul. La Descarga has prepared a special night at Open Studio on Friday 7 of December to gather and celebrate light, romance and remember past times when candles were used to illuminate humanity’s life and celebrations.

In Colombian culture, candles have a special meaning. Little Candles' Day (Spanish:Día de las Velitas) held on December 7, is one of the most observed traditional holidays in Colombia. On this day, people place candles and paper lanterns on their windows, balconies, porches, sidewalks, streets, parks and squares, in short, everywhere they can be seen. It marks the start of the end of the year celebrations.

During cumbia dance, women playfully wave their long skirts while holding a candle, and men dance behind the women with one hand behind their back and the other hand either holding a hat, putting it or taking it off.

Candles have been used for more than 5,000 years and La Descarga invites you to light another candle, dance and remember. Expect a ritualistic Afro-Colombian rhythmic and lyrical explosion.

La Descarga is a tribute to the music and dance traditions of the Afro-Colombian regions from the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Colombia.

Light your candle at the Fiesta and start the end of year celebrations.

Entry $10 (includes a candle for you to light and wish…)

ladescargaband.com ladescargaband@gmail.com

La Descarga at Cumbia Lunar Vol 3.

The Night Cat, 137-141 Johnston St, Fitzroy

Join us to celebrate Colombia's Independence Day in one BIG FIESTA of Cumbia, Reggae and Dub!

Leaps & Bounds Music Festival together with a collective performance from members of the best party bands Melbourne has to offer are joining forces FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER in this memorable party!

WITH A COLLECTIVE PERFORMANCE BY MEMBERS OF: +La Descarga +Amaru Tribe +The Seven Ups +The New Monos +The Impossible Monsters +The Amasonics +Cooperhead Brass Band +Dela Caye

And if it wasn't enough, The CUMBIA MASSIVE DJ's: +Saca La Mois Dj!! (Cumbia Cosmonauts) +Sonidero Esperanza, +Tahnioca Cumbiera +Prince Bastard

La Descarga Electropical

Open Studio, 204 High Street , Northcote

La Descarga is going psychedelic! Get ready to experience this unique tribute to Colombian tropical music heritage charged by an electric psychotropical breakdown. The night will reach new sounds of neotropical music. Pure high voltage dancing!

$10 on door

Image of event poster by Tim Tadder

Roll Back the Intervention

Bar Oussou, 653 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

A musical feast with soulful story-telling, art for auction and educational short films. All funds raised go to IRAG - Intervention Rollback Action Group - Alice Springs that challenges the racist intervention policies and promotes Aboriginal self-determination in the Northern Territory in Australia.

$15 Entry.

Freedom at 4Dverse

4Dverse, Level 1, 118a Carlisle St, St Kilda

On the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Brazil, Samba Cine Club presents Freedom.

An all day arts festival featuring the screening of Second Mother, art exhibition, capoeira workshop for kids, dance open rehearsal, roda de samba with Cámárá, roda de choro with Tamanduá and Cumbia with La Descarga.

A festival of culture, dance, art, music and film at 4Dverse Studios, 118 Carslile st St Kilda. Free entry, Saturday 13 of May from 1:30 till late. La Descarga plays at around 9pm.

Proudly sponsored by Victorian Multicultural Commission, City of Port Phillip, and supported by Abrisa

La Descarga ´Allá en el Río´ Single Launch

Open Studio, 204 High St, Northcote

La Descarga will release its third single Allá en el Río (There in the river) on this special night of Colombian traditional music. The song is a currulao, an Afro-Colombian style of music originally from the Pacific coast of Colombia. Call and response chanting and horn section arrangements are important features of the style. Drums, percussion and the marimba are used as melodic and rhythmic instruments.

This song is inspired on nature. The rivers, oceans, mountains, seas, jungles and forests. The lyrics talk about our connection to nature, how we all come from nature and go back to it. It also reflects on the importance of taking care of nature and how it is affected directly by our actions. The message is to remember that we need to care of nature because we live thanks to it and its beauties can remain shining or disappear with our actions.

The night will feature special guests to be announced.

Event details: SATURDAY MARCH 4, 8PM, $10 Open Studio 204 High St Northcote Includes digital download of new single TICKETS ON DOOR

More info: ladescargaband@gmail.com

Dandenong Sustainability Festival

Dandenong Market, Corner Clow and Cleeland Streets, Dandenong

Family Sustainability Festival. If you want to learn how to do more with less and see how relevant the environment is to our lives, the 2017 Sustainability Festival is your go-to destination for great ideas and a fun day out for the whole family.

Candle Light Night with La Descarga

Open Studio, 204 High St, Northcote

To the sound of the drums and the rhythms of Colombian tropical music this night will heat up your soul. La Descarga has prepared a special night at Open Studio on Wednesday 7 December to gather and celebrate light, romance and remember past times when candles were used to illuminate humanity’s life and celebrations.

In Colombian culture, candles have a special meaning. Little Candles' Day (Spanish:Día de las Velitas) held on December 7, is one of the most observed traditional holidays in Colombia. On this day, people place candles and paper lanterns on their windows, balconies, porches, sidewalks, streets, parks and squares, in short, everywhere they can be seen. It marks the start of the end of the year celebrations.

During cumbia dance, women playfully wave their long skirts while holding a candle, and men dance behind the women with one hand behind their back and the other hand either holding a hat, putting it on, or taking it off.

Candles have been used for more than 5,000 years and La Descarga invites you to light another candle, dance and remember. Expect a ritualistic Afro-Colombian rhythmic and dance explosion followed by Miss Colombia's unmistakable DJ Set.

La Descarga is a tribute to the music and dance traditions of the Afro-Colombian regions from the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Colombia.

Light your candle at the Fiesta and start the end of year celebrations.

Entry $10 (includes a candle for you to light and wish…)

More info: ladescargaband@gmail.com