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Joyce with Dori Caymmi

A special meeting of two of Brazil's most influential artists, vocalist Joyce and guitarist Dori Caymmi has been appearing in the Bay Area throughout the months of May and June.
As a jazz singer and composer, Joyce is a sophisticated chanteuse bred in Rio's fertile jazz/samba scene whose sound mellifluously combines Brazilian rhythms, jazz harmonies and intelligent lyrics. Joyce has written over 300 songs, most of them performed by such great stars as Milton Nascimento, Elis Regina,Gal Costa, Maria Bethania, Flora Purim, Wallace Roney, Jon Lucien, Jon Hendricks, Gerry Mulligan and many others.
Brazilian guitarist, vocalist, composer and Grammy
nominee, Dori Caymi has blended his unique guitar
shadings and vocals with some of the best players in the world. He is acknowledged for his musical prowess that stems from the paternal guidance he received as the son of Dorival Caymmi, one of the foremost composers in Brazil. Caymmi has received international acclaim and awards for his work as a composer and as an arranger. Today, Caymmi speaks his musical language in several different styles ranging from World, Fusion, Bossa Nova, Latin Jazz and Brazilian Jazz.
Bobby Wallace has long been standing tall promoting the power of Carnaval as a sublime culmination of rhythm and dance. An accomplished musician and founding director of the Beat Dance Center in Berkeley he is now taking commitment to the next level.  His persistence and passion has evolved a unique workout system which combines the percussion and dance moves into the most compelling body workout you can experience.
"Rhythm is anything that repeats itself. It's a natural life force that has existed for thousands of years and will continue to exist for thousands of years after we're gone."
--Robert Wallace

This completely original system can be seen on a website video at

  The Carnaval spirit compels Bobby to share these rhythms. A key part of the fun system is connecting to the force of rhythms whose mysterious joyful power informs all life on its deepest levels. This enigmatic life force has remained outside of the understanding of science and is communicated to the people by their artists. As we move forward here at the edge of the earth with a world on the brink self-destruction, Robert will launch an important DVD as he attempts to get the world to join his total rhythm posse and synch with these rhythms of joy and ancient mystery.
 "Rhythm Adventure:  
The 10 Most Popular World Rhythms You can Play on Any Drum"!
Saturday, April 7, 2007, 8pm - onward
The Beat Dance Center

2560 9th Street Berkeley, CA 94710
FREE!  510-482-8005

World Rhythms DJ SpinCycle  interactive drumming,
refreshments, the Total Rhythm Drum Posse, and plenty
of DANCING.  DVDs for sale at reduced price.  BYOB
(Beer, wine and non-alc. only, please)

Sistas-Wit-Style & Associates

Presents their First Annual

Phat Fry Fish Fry

May 11th, 2007 Lunch or Dinner available
All meals come with your choice of fish and 2 side orders
Fish: Red Snapper, Catfish, or Sole Lunch Menu $8 Choice of fish French fries Sides: Potato Salad or Cole slaw Dinner Menu $10 Choice of fish Bread Sides: Mac & Cheese, Green beans, potato salad or Cole Slaw Combo (2) choices of fish available $15 Extra sides are $2.00
All proceeds go to Sistas_Wit_Style Dance Programs. A Non- profit organization.  To place order call 510 952 6287, 510 635 2828, 510 387 7771 or email us @ [email protected] .

Orders can be placed as early as Wed May 9, 2007. There will be a 3 order minimum for delivery or you pick up. When placing orders please provide name, phone number, location and preferred time of delivery. 

Sistas-Wit-Style & Associates Open De' Gate

Bandlaunching Party

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Designer: Curtis Hinds
When: Saturday, May 12, 2007
Where: 4532 Flemmings Ave. (off of High St.) Oakland, Ca. 94619
Info:(510) 952-6287/[email protected] Donation $7 8pm- til' Music View 07'
Costumes and Jump Up Sistas-Wit-Style And Associates Open De' Gate Bandlaunching Party Refreshments Designer: Curtis Hinds When: Saturday May 12, 2007 Where: 4532 Flemmings Ave. (off of High St.) Oakland, Ca. 94619 Info:(510) 952-6287/[email protected] 8pm- til' View 07' Costumes and Jump Up Live Music Donation $7  

Friday, May 11 party at Alberto's!
 Costumes from Rio,
 drummers and dancers, dj Don Farrell,
click pic for more info



Mission Neighborhood Centers at the Cinco de Mayo Festival -- celebrating the rich, cultural diversity of San Francisco, and commemorating the City of San Francisco's own Mexican roots. Get to the park early (10am) and take advantage of free, docent-led tours of Mission Dolores. You can pick up tour passes at the Festival information booth.

The Festival kicks off at 11am with DJ music and activities for the kids. An afternoon line-up of Mariachi music, dance and other performers runs until 5pm. Cinco de Mayo Festival is an alcohol-free family event and on Saturday, Dolores Park is expected to be sunny and minimally will be the sunniest spot in the City.

Sam Ruiz ( Exec.Dir. MNC the producer of Carnaval Sf), Andrew Galvan (Mission Dolores Curator), Jose Leon (MCC Youth Band Director) and Futuro Picante--make up a great piece about the all new Cinco de Mayo at Dolores Park from 11 to 5pm on Saturday May 5th


March 31st Cesar Chavez March & Festival

 On March 31st Mestre Carlos Aceituno will be honored as a recipient of the Chavez Family Vision "Si Se Puede" Award. This award is only fitting for a man that embodies the core values of Cesar Chavez and lived them in everyday life. The organizers have asked Fogo Na Roupa Bateria/Dancers and Omolu Capoeira be present in full regalia with drums to take part in the historical march.
Fogolistas--To March wearing red and white!!!!
10am Plaza de cesar
S. Market St. and Park Ave.
San Jose, CA  more

San Francisco, CA
7th annual Bay Area Cesar Chávez Holiday
Parade and Festival.

WHEN: Saturday, March 31, 2007

WHERE: Route: Assemble @ 24th St between Potrero and York (11am) Parade begins on 24th St. (12 noon) ends at Everett Middle School, located at 450 Church Street (1pm)

GETTING THERE: Ride Bart to SF 24th Street (Walk east to Potrero). Or ride Muni lines 9, 33, and 48 to the start of the parade.
INFO: (415) 621-2665,

March 31st ArtsFest Spectra Ball San Francisco
ArtsFest has big ideas about the Mission in the Month of May, they want to create the Americas largest arts festival on the scale of September's Edinburgh Art Festival  in Scotland. Unfortunately plans had to be scaled back for 2007 but there is still this wicked good gathering which  includes hundreds of performers including Hot Pink Feathers who will be helping to emcee the Carnaval King & Queen contest on the same night. more
New Executive Director at Loco Bloco

After 14 years of leadership, Jose Carrasco has stepped down as the Executive Director of Loco Bloco, one of the core contingents of Carnaval San Francisco. Saying that it was time to move on and let a new generation of leaders take over, Jose announced his resignation. At a recent Carnaval Advisory Committee meeting, Jose introduced Alejandra (“Aleks”) Zavaleta, who is the new Executive Director of Loco Bloco. Alejandra was a teen participant at Loco Bloco in the 90s. She went on to join the Loco Bloco staff as an Americorps worker through the Robert F. Kennedy Fellowship Program. Following that she worked as the Children’s Services Coordinator for Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

In a letter to the community announcing the change of leadership, Jose wrote: “Together with our founders and longtime leaders of Loco Bloco, I feel that I have contributed to building a deeply rooted and unique cultural organization and symbol in San Francisco, that has helped heal and give voice to our precious young generation and their families.”

Mission Neighborhood Centers/Carnaval San Francisco wish to acknowledge Jose for his many creative and innovative contributions to Carnaval San Francisco and his dedication and advocacy for youth in the community. For more information on Loco Bloco go to

Holiday Party

Mark your calendar for the gala celebration sponsored by Mission Neighborhood Centers/Carnaval San Francisco, INFINITO, Mission Merchants Association and El Mensajero on Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 7:00 pm at Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco. Food, good cheer, door prizes, gift bags, Infinito screening, book signings and music! Free admission.

Information regarding Memorial Services

RIP: Carnaval San Francisco's great Carlos Aceituno  passed on September on Tuesday September 26, 2006.
The leader of Fogo Na Roupa was loved by all as an inspirational mentor, teacher, and creative force whose everyday example of living life in the present and coming together joyously  through the power of song dance and community at Carnaval time will long be remembered.
"We can now remember that SMILE and all his LOVE that he gave to our community throughout his lifetime through memory. El Es Dios! "
Roberto Hernandez Artistic director Carnaval SF



Parade Contingent Leader Meetings are held the third Thursday of every month, unless otherwise notified.


Gala Holiday Party at Brava Theater (December 21)


* First Monthly Contingent Leader Meeting (January 18)
* Kickoff  Carnaval Cultural Arts Education Program with SFUSD


* Contingent Application, Grant Request, Budget & $25 Fee due by 5:00 pm to MNC, 362 Capp St, SF 94110 (February 9)
* Contingent Leader Meeting (February 15)
* Technical Workshop for Contingents (February 17)
* Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras  (February 20)

FOTOS of Fat Tuesday @flickr by  genmachaita

MARCH 2007

* Junior King & Queen/Prince & Princess Orientation at MNC  (March 16)
* Contingent Leader Meeting (March 15)
King & Queen Competition at Fanatics Sports Entertainment Complex (March 31)

APRIL 2007

* Contingent Leader Meeting (April 19)
* Junior King & Queen/Prince & Princess Contest at Everett Middle School Auditorium (April 21)

MAY 2007

* Carnaval Night with the SF Giants at AT&T Park  (May 5)
* Mayor’s Reception at City Hall (Evening TBD by Mayor’s Office)
Mandatory Contingent Leader Meeting (May 17)
VIP Party & Raffle (May  TBD)
Festival (May 26 – May 27)
* Grand Parade (May 27)

JUNE 2007

* Contingent Receipts due for Grant Balances (June 9)


* Awards Ceremony (August 19)

2006 Parade Fotos

2005 Parade Fotos



Voice of Dance
Friday Apr 20 Conga Line to Open Bay Area National Dance Week
Leave Yerba Buena Gardens at noon and will shimmy, shake and samba its way up Powell Street to Union Square. New for this, the 2nd year will be a 100+ contingent from the SFUSD schools.
Maisa & Samba Energia with Jorge Alabe's Samba Rio will be anchoring the festivities
Bob McKenzie KTVU-2 Report from 2006


Saturday, April 21, 2007 At 01:00 PM
Junior King & Queen/Prince & Princess Contest

Duration: 3 Hours
 at 1:00 pm Everett Middle School Auditorium (Saturday, April 21)
450 Church Street, San Francisco
Adults: $10; Youth: $5; under six: free.

Saturday, 21 April

ACOAM invita a la fiesta Colombiana, la última en
The Canvas Gallery 1200 9th Ave Lincoln
San Francisco 94122. 9:30 pm.

[/B]Degustación de Aguardiente Cristal y Ron Viejo de Caldas. DJ Colombiano con lo mejor de la salsa, merengue, vallenato y el "Birimbiri" abosao que estaremos presentando en el Carnaval de SF.
Donación $10 Todas las edades bienvenidas pero venta de alcohol a mayores de 21. Estacionamiento en el lugar

Monday April 23rd,

 Yerba Buena Dance Center
Performances by Fogo na Roupa honoring Carlos Aceituno, modern dance by Nol Simonese & Kara Davis plus tap dance extraordinaire John Kloss
Events Guide .pdf

presents the dance and music of Cuba, Haiti, and Brazil. In addition to performances, the festival includes special events & classes. WEEKEND ONE:
Featuring: Michelle Martin & Konpayi, Portsha Jefferson and Rara Tou Limen, Loco Bloco featuring: Belleza Bateria & Men's Dance Ensemble), & Las Que Son Son.

April 20-29, 2007 @ Dance Mission Theater /3316 24th St, SF (@ Mission)
Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door (student & sr disc available)For tickets: 415- -4633 or  - key word CubaCaribe Schedule info w/special events and classes:

Apr 26 - Business Mixer with Ibero-American Consuls [3rd annual]

SF Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's home pageThe SF Hispanic Chamber invites you to enjoy lively conversation, mix and mingle, build new contacts and get re-acquainted with old ones at one of San Francisco's most popular hotels, Sir Francis Drake,450 Powell Street San Francisco
from 6:00p.m.-8:30p.m.

The award winning San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SFHCC) is honored to host the April Business Mixer to celebrate the Ibero-American Consulates. Join us in celebrating representatives from Brazil , Chile , Colombia , Costa Rica , Ecuador , El Salvador , Guatemala , Honduras , Mexico , Nicaragua , Peru , Portugal , Spain , and Venezuela.

Tickets-free for member to $10 non-members

Friday, April 27th, 2007.
“Celebration Of Love”

Sistas-Wit -Style Caribbean Folk Performing Co. presents All You Can Eat Crab Feed on Friday, April 27th, 2007.

The crab feed starts at 6:30pm and ends at 8:30pm at the Lakeside Gardens Hall on 666 Bellevue Ave. Oakland, off Grand Ave. (next to Fairyland).
Join us for traditional Caribbean Dances by Sistas- Wit-Style Caribbean Folk Performing Co. Cultural Show and Music starts at 7:30pm.Donation: $40 advance tickets only

Come and enjoy the spirit of the Caribbean!A TRUE CULTURAL EXPERIENCEProceeds to benefit Sistas-Wit-Style Dance and Drum Program and After School Dance Program

SAT - April 28th- LIVE @ CONGO SQ WEST/ SF
Abada Brazilian Center - 3221 22nd St @ mission

*$7 drummers ready 2 play (instrument in hand) /
general: $10 b4 10:30p /$12 thereafter /DJ & refreshments
*dance lessons, floorshow & drum jams & dance rodas!
styles: brasil, funk, salsa, soukous , PARTY

A Pre-Carnaval Party with cause to RIZE:
Congo SQ West, Carnaval Culture & Campaigns
~raise FUN(DS) scholarship, travel study, tribute
~raise SPIRIT life , art & culture
~raise AWARENESS World/Bay Area Carnaval Season

open to MOST drum & dance mediums in good SPIRIT
bring your best beats & moves! see you there! TRANSCEND!!!

the South American World Grooves of muchoAXE   & connect this month with The Creative force of the universemuchoaxe.jpg

Apr 11 2007 10:00P
19 Broadway Fairfax,  
Apr 12 2007 9:30P
Cigar Bar San Francisco
Apr 13 2007 8:00P
Beach Chalet San Francisco,  
Apr 14 2007 7:30P
Caffe Trieste Sausalito,  
Apr 22 2007 7:00P
Caffe Divino Sausalito,  
Apr 24 2007 8:00P
Bubble Lounge San Francisco,  
Apr 26 2007 5:00P
Tres Agaves San Francisco,  
Apr 28 2007 8:00P
Park Chalet San Francisco,  
Apr 29 2007 3:30P
 Download Friday, April 6th
 Fogo na Roupa
Carnaval Kick Off Party

 Pena Pachamama
 1630 Powell St.  San Francisco, CA
 doors open at 10pm
 Bateria & Floor Show at midnight
Download Friday April 6th "El Charangero Mayor en Vivo" DANNY LOZADA @ JELLY'S Pier 50 THIS FRIDAY!! 295 Terry Francois Blvd behind SBC Park San Francisco 94158 _________________________ also music provided by: DJ WaltDigz Doors open at 9pm. Show starts @ 10:30pm ID REQUIRED. No dress code!! General Admission $20 This show could SELL OUT!!
Download Saturday APR 7DownloadKelly's Mission Rock
817 Terry Francois Way SF From 2pm On
Angel Magik LIVE

Marlon Asher

@ Angel Magik angelmagikentertainment
Clcik thru for more info
Entertainment line-up includes Maisa and Samba do Energia
Download This Friday April 6th

at Ana Mandara | 
Aykut's Entertainment:
 the International party People

04/08/2007 - Domingo
Local: Pier 23
Pier 23 @ embarcadero
San Francisco - CA

Horário: 5:00 PM
Telefone (info): (415) 860-1605

"Caribean Sun Band"
Dj Kblo + GUESTS

King & Queen

2006 King Luis Fernando &
Queen Monique Perry

Youth Royalty 2006





Carnaval at San Francisco City Hail
on Friday May 18th
 @ 12 noon


Try'in to make Love Happen
or maybe its
 "Can't we all just get along?"



Teen Ensemble Crew TEC Presents:
Corazon De La Mision Carnaval Jam 2007
"CORAZON DE LA MISION" heart of the mission ___________________
 With Live Performances by: Loco Bloco's Teen Ensemble Crew Fogo Na Ropa Baysick and Swoop the Kid Fremont High School Carnaval SF's Jr. Queen Y.M.R. FeelMo' Rocks Crew Mission Cultural Center's Youth Group Diaspora Fusion M.O.M And DJ Klean Kut Spinin' International Sounds SATURDAY MAY 19th 7:00pm -12:00am show starts at 8:00pm Columbia Park Boys and Girls Club 450 Guerrero St @17th $5 for Youth Ages 12 -18 Sliding Scale $10 - $20 for 18+ Free For Children All Ages Welcome


CaribelinQ in collaboration with Eastside Arts Alliance *presents *
Cuica Y Clave 6th Annual Carnival Spectacular
 Saturday May 19th 2007

Doors open @ 8:30pm  $10/ 21up Featuring Afro Brasilian Band:
OMO AIYE with lead singer direct from Salvador Bahia and famed Brasilian Bloco ILE AIYE -
Graca Onasile. 
Come party with this exciting new band and experience pure Brasilian energia!
+ DJ "Agana" spinning Salsa Samba Reggeaton Soul Cumbia 
Special Guest Appearances by:
2007 Carnaval SF King Macarrao Portugal  and former Carnaval SF Kings and Queens. 
Free dance class w/ King of Samba Funk:
King Theo    @ Eastside Arts Alliance 2277 International Blv off 23rd Ave OAKLAND 510.533.6629 Directions For more information call CaribelinQ @ 510.451.6100 or email [email protected] Check out DJ Agana @  or [email protected] This the Official Malcolm X Jazz Festival After Party!!!!


Carnaval Party
** with Grupo Samba Rio! **

Friday May 18, 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
at Il Pirata

2007 16th St., just east of Potrero Ave. in San Francisco
(21 and over only)

* Featuring Grupo Samba Rio bateria
* Pagode music with Jorge Alabe and friends
* Samba dancers
* Brazilian and world music DJ
* Delicious Brazilian snacks and full bar
$10 cover charge, to support Grupo Samba Rio in the Carnaval Sf 2007 Parade.Grupo Samba Rio is directed by Jorge Alabe; contact Jorge Alabe at[email protected], or Deborah at [email protected]


2nd Annual Vintage Calypso Contest
was won for the 2nd year in a row by

Val Serrant

Brother Resistance

  • 1st time ever on SF Bay:
  • Legends from the twin Island Republic of TnT
  • Carnaval Saturday

Stephen and Colleen Tiffenson, the directors of the Carnaval's oldest Carnival band ---Mas Makers Massive--- returned from their annual pilgrimage to Trinidad Carnival with a great catch. Two of the most respected and honored names in the history of TnT music will be headlining the event.
Details are still coming in, but mark Carnaval Saturday (May 27th) on your calendar. Look around for some older Caribbean recordings, [Yes Harry Belafonte qualifies] see if your local Karoke DJ can accommodate you and plan to make history
 Lean more about the storied past and their artforms


Carlinhos Brown; Ojos de Brujo

"World Fusion"
Carlinhos Brown; Ojos de Brujo

Saturday, June 23 • 8pm

"We play, not for money, but to celebrate happiness. Our carnival is a street carnival. It is for everyone, not just for those with money."

Carlinhos Brown

The SF Jazz fest brings us the King of Bahia Carnaval on a  double-bill  celebration of music’s universality. These two acts from opposite side of the Atlantic, Brazil’s Carlinhos Brown and Barcelona’s Ojos de Brujo, share one thing in common: a masterful ability to seamlessly mesh their homegrown music with a far-reaching palette of global influences.

Carlinhos Brown chose his stage surname in honor of the late James “Godfather of Soul” Brown and Black Panther H. Rap Brown. The choice says much about the multitalented Brazilian’s ethos—an infectious mix of heavy funk and social awareness. His skill as a songwriter drew attention from legendary Brazilian artists Caetano Veloso and Sergio Mendes, whose Grammy-winning 1985 album Brasilero featured five of Brown’s compositions. It also was the recorded debut of Vai Quem Vem, a group of young percussionists from Brown’s hometown of Salvador, Bahia. Brown’s passion for his hometown, a rich source for Brazilian music, led to the foundation of Timbalada, which is both a wildly popular band and a neighborhood association that aids street children. Brown remains active in every corner of Brazilian music: as a solo performer; with Marisa Monte and Arnaldo Antunes in Tribalistas; as a songwriter and sought-after producer; and as a thrilling live performer.

The surging rhythms of flamenco are the lifeblood of Ojos de Brujo’s intoxicating music. But that is just the root, according to percussionist Xavi Turull. “What we are doing is using the richness of flamenco and the richness of other music to build up something different. Maybe sometimes I would say that flamenco is the strongest ingredient, but we don't pretend to be doing flamenco." The Barcelona-based collective’s first two self-produced albums, Vengue and Bari, earned the group worldwide accolades including a BBC World Music Award in 2004. The powerful songs on their 2007 release, Techari, set the stage for an incendiary close to the Spring Season. $25-75  Go to
SF Jazz 

JUNE 2007
1 June
7 & 9 pm
Stephanie Ozer Quintet featuring Leny Andrade
Barndiva courtyard, 9th Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival, 231 Center, Healdsburg
Reknowned Brazilian jazz/bossa/samba singer performs with Bay Area pianist Stephanie Ozer.
Tickets on sale April 1st. $26
2 June
9 pm
Stephanie Ozer Quintet featuring Leny Andrade
Senzala Restaurant, 250 E. Java, Sunnyvale
Reknowned Brazilian jazz/bossa/samba singer performs with Bay Area pianist Stephanie Ozer.
408 734-1656
3 June
6 pm
Grupo Falso Baiano
Raleigh's Pub, 2438 Telegraph, Berkeley
"Choro, samba & baiao."

7 June
Nobody from Ipanema
10 pm
El Rio, 3158 Mission, SF
"Brazilian pop & funk."
415 282-3325

16 June
7 pm
Grupo Fundo de Quintal
Club Luxor, 101 Brentwood, South SF
The original pagode band.
$35 advanced, $45 at door
415 425-7242
18 June
8 pm
Bebel Gilberto
Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave, SF
Rescheduled from May.
19 June
8 pm
Bebel Gilberto
Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave, SF
Rescheduled from May.
22 June
6 pm

Carlinhos Brown
plus SambaDa and Toots & the Maytals
Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Mendocino County Fairgrounds, Booneville
Timbalada founder plus reggae legend Toots and local fav SambaDa.

23 June
7 pm
Carlinhos Brown
plus Ojos de Brujo
Masonic Center, 1111 California, SF
Timbalada founder revisits San Francisco.
SF Jazz
30 June
Grupo Falso Baiano
8 pm
Senzala, 250 E. Java, Sunnyvale
"Choro, samba & baiao."
$10 reservations 408 734-1656
On-line official Guides Over 500 fotos since '96

ZEITGEIST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL  Show dates are June 11, July 9 and August 13, 2007. These will be three different programs.