Humboldt Baykeeper's 9th Birthday Bash
Featuring samba/reggae/funk powerhouse SambaDá!, DJ Mantease and Samba de Alegria!
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Humboldt Baykeeper was launched in October 2004 to safeguard our coastal resources for the health, enjoyment, and economic strength of the Humboldt Bay community through education, scientific research, and enforcement of laws to fight pollution.
While Brazilian natives Papiba Godinho and Dandha da Hora bring their profound knowledge and respect for the roots of afro-brazilian song and dance, the entire band has developed a type of samba-reggae-funk with a universal appeal. SambaDá musically unites the Americas, drawing from percussion based styles of South and Central America, and blends it with that good old funk and reggae back beat so familiar to crowds of North America. For over ten years, SambaDá has been mixing contemporary sounds with the roots of brazilian culture. Papiba is a master of Capoeira, an Afro Brazilian martial art form created by Brazilian slaves, which draws on music and acrobatic movements. Dandha was born into the rich Afro Brazilian traditions of Salvador, Bahia and the Carnival Group Ile Aiye, and started her dancing career at age 6. Ile Aiye has been in the forefront of Civil Rights in Brazil, promoting equality and justice, and is widely recognized as the first Afro Brazilian BLOCO or group to perform in Brazil’s notorious Carnival celebrations. The other members of SambaDá come from a wide range of styles, generations and sensibilities. What unites this band from such diverse backgrounds is a magic that can be felt by both the band and the audience. SambaDá brings joy to each performance, and keeps their fans asking for more!!
Samba da Alegria is a community dance and drum troupe that has evolved over the past 20 years. Alegria welcome’s all community members to dance, drum, and celebrate our COMMUNITY!! Through the years, many community members have volunteered their time to ensure the groups continued success. In 2007, Dance and Drum in Humboldt accepted organizational responsibility of the group, and is proud to continue the community tradition of exploding annually at the North Country Fair and the Anne & Marry’s celebration in Blue Lake. Once a year Samba da Alegria brings a new theme, new dance, new percussion, amazing costumes, and props. Our soul purpose is to provide a celebration for and with our community.