Fogo Na Roupa presents for Carnaval San Francisco 2007:
Flight of the Quetzal...
Flight of the Quetzal...

 In celebration of the birth, passion and legacy of Mestre Carlos Aceituno

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Si Se Puede" Award
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Fogo in the 2006 parade
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Foto Survey 2006
Find out which longtime Fogo member wins the rather dynamic Carnaval 2006 "most interesting" dominated by photographer "Shapeshifter
2006 Video of Fogo na Roupa's award winning performance in Carnaval San Francisco 2006
Monica's Videos at YouTube pelanduscaBR
memories of Fogomorphosis[57min @
Fogo on Bryant St getting ready for 2006 parade at youtube
In Loving Memory
Carnaval SF:In Memoriam
Carlos Aceituno Biography
By Karen de Sá Mercury News
From Inside Bay Area via Root magazine 
Capoeira master leaves legacy

Teacher of Brazilian martial arts, Fogo Na Roupa Grupo founder dies at age 45
By Brenda Payton, STAFF WRITER
Carlos Aceituno -- samba, capoeira master
by Cicero Estrella, Chronicle Staff Writer Oct 3, 2006
FOGO's 2003 theme: "Kongo ya Bakoko" was in tribute to Malonga Casquelourd Here's an update on his legacy
Floatbuilder Kip Farris [1944-2005]had a long special association with Fogo na Roupa and in 2006 many helped make Kip_Farris_Mem_Dream-12Mondo Jud Hart's Kip Farris Memorial Dream in Carnaval SF 2006 Parade such a great success


Fogo na Roupa three-peated as Grand Champion of Carnaval San Francisco 2007

Mayor Gavin Newsom and the City of San Francisco will declared Friday, May 18 2007...

Mestre Carlos Aceituno Day
in gratitude to the artistry and dedication of our beloved teacher
The ceremony will be in conjunction with the Annual SFCarnaval Reception

Friday, May 18 2007 @ noon
San Francisco City Hall

To Participate:
Plan on coming in full Carnaval regalia with a previous Fogo Na Roupa carnaval costume (preferrably Fogomorphosis) email [email protected] com for further instructions.
All of Mestre Carlos' students and friends who wish to support please come wearing red and white in solidarity with Mestre's work. Lets show the city how many of us he impacted!

Parade in rhythmic, uniting, Fogo fashion at 2007  Carnaval.  Join  in releasing the mystique and soul of the bird who could never be caged...the Quetzal. Join Now to appear in the San Francisco Carnaval Parade on Sunday May 27, 2007

EVERYONE is welcome for Carnaval! No experience is necessary, and there are no commitments other than to having a great time. The registration fee gives also gives you a reduced cost on classes and events. You would need to choose the costume section that you want to be in, and the cost of the costume is in addition to the registration fee.

We try to have choices at different cost levels for all budgets. You can talk to the designers directly about signing up in the sections. Some of the sections have workshops where you actually make some of the costumes pieces. These workshops are lots of fun, and you have a chance to get to know the other people in the group. Someone will be at each Sat. & Sun. class from now until Carnaval signing people up, and we are trying to have drawings of all the costumes available by next Sunday.

Carol F, Tue Apr 10, 2007

in commemoration and good spirit
Happy "B-earth" day 
Carlos Gilberto Aceituno
April 9, 1961 - Sept 27, 2006
Give praise to LIFE!
love and light

the vivaARTS network

Carlos remains @
Chapel of the Chimes
4499 Piedmont (at Ramona)
Oakland, CA Phone: 510-654-0123

Upcoming Events:

 Monday, April 23rd
 Bay Area Dance Awards
 special performance by Fogo Na Roupa
 7pm Yerba Buena Gardens
 more info TBA

Saturday, May 5th
Fogo na Roupa Carnaval Fundraiser Party
Pena Pachamama 1630 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA

doors open at 10pm
Bateria & Floor Show at midnight

Best bet for most up to date info:
The Fogo Na Roupa Yahoo Group


Percussion with Jose Rivera
Tuesdays 8:15-9:30
Mission Cultural Center

Beginning March 18th
Percussion with Jose Rivera
2-4p fees: $10-$12
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts

Dance with Regina Califa
Saturdays 1-3pm
Mission Cultural Center

 Dance with Regina Califa

Sundays 4-6pm
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
Youth Dance


Carnaval Dance (5-13yrs) 5-6pm
Carnaval Dance (13-19yrs) 6-7pm
Steppin' Out Dance Studio
3435 Cesar Chavez Studio 204
San Francisco, 94110
Fridays 5-6:30PM
Carnaval Drum and Dance Class
Melrose Leadership Academy
1325 53rd Avenue
Oakland CA 94601

Monday 6pm - 7:30pm
Friday 6pm - 8pm
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts

Tuesday & Thursday 
6:30pm - 8pm
The Mission Cultural Center

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 4pm - 6pm
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts 

Tuesday & Thursday 4:30pm - 6:30pm
The Mission Cultural Center


SOUND: Play this fogalistic soundtrack recorded by : Monica  Monica's Videos at YouTube pelanduscaBR

In commemoration of the passing away of our dear samba, capoeira and percussion teacher Carlos Aceituno in San Francisco in the streets of the Mission District

Carlos Aceituno Born:April 9,1961, Quetzaltenango,Guatemala Died: Sept. 27, Castro Valley
Founder of Fogo Na Roupa and Mestre of Omulu Guanabara
"....And Carlos was so beautiful to watch. Poetry in motion. I loved watching how he would fine tune the bateria until we were a harmonious symphony Brazilian style. Even if he was out on the dance floor he would know whether or not we were in synch. He was also a very talented choreographer and seemed to feel very comfortable in his skin as a dancer. I loved the fluid moves he came up with and would demonstrate. As an artist, he would also conceptualize Foga's theme every year: the honorings, the colors. As a mestre, he taught capoeira to both children and adults. He was a born teacher and
artist. He knew what he was here this earth to do and he did it, making many of us smile and encouraging us to develop our talents as well.
More than anything, however, Carlos always practiced his arts with respect to the Divine Ones and the Ancestors. Everything he did honored them. May they watch over him now during his transition."
tala [more]
"this unstoppable attitude was ever present. We all carry that with us now. And
you are still unstoppable because however many of us there are - hundreds, probably more like thousands - we all have pieces of your spirit and wisdom and skill and
motivation. We are your legacy and you will live on through our stories. Our children and their children will know you. Thank you for all of your gifts.With sadness and love," Chugrad [more]
Carlos, in leaving at a very accomplished 47 finally arrived somewhere too EARLY
"I have no doubt that wherever that place beyond this life might be, it is currently being transformed thanks to the arrival of that great, loving, mischievous spirit, Carlos Aceituno.He got this party started, now we'll just keep it going!

May you dance and drum in our hearts forever
May Eternity get a taste of the Fogolistic Funk-tionality!!!
Love and Strength to both the Aceituno and Fogo Families

Gloria Y
PS: Hey Carlos, save me a seat. I ain't planning on get there anytime soon, but when I do, I'm bringing my drum!!!
``He was more Brazilian than many Brazilians,''
said Rio de Janeiro master drummer Jorge Alabe, who was among the instructors Aceituno sought out for inspiration and expertise.
Every time I start to get teary-eyed, I hear Carlos's voice saying something like,"You know, you cry if you have to...If crying could
bring me back, I'd tell everybody, you know, cry! Cry until you've emptied everything in your body, til you're empty sacks, because I
still got a lot of ideas, a lot of things to do. But you know, that's not how it works... So, you (meaning all of us, y'all) got to carry on,
get out there, teach the kids, dance, make music, have a good time!

"All life is sorrowful; there is however an escape from sorrow; the escape is Nirvana – which is a state of mind or consciousness, not a place somewhere, like heaven. It is right here, in the midst of the turmoil of life. It is the state you find when you are no longer driven to live by compelling desires, fears, and social commitments, when you have found your center of freedom and can act by choice out of that. Voluntary action out of this center is the action of the bodhisattvas – joyful participation in the sorrows of the world. "

The Power of Myth (p.203)Joseph Campbell


 god of
  • human sustenance
  • self-sacrifice
  •  re-birth

 soul of the bird who could never be caged...the

The Resplendent Quetzal
The bird is of great relevance to Guatemalan culture, being a character in the widely popular legend of the local hero Tecún Umán, a prince and warrior of the Quiché Maya during the latter stages of the Spanish conquest of the region. This quetzal was his nahual (spirit guide). The Resplendent Quetzal is Guatemala's national bird,

The Quiché repelled several attacks from the Spanish army, even though outmatched in weaponry (guns, armor and cavalry against spears and arrows).
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Mesoamerican rulers and some nobility of other ranks wore headdresses made from quetzal feathers, symbolically connecting them to Quetzalcoatl. Quetzalcoatl was the creator god and god of wind, often depicted with grey hair. In several Mesoamerican languages, the term for quetzal can also mean precious, sacred, or erected. The Resplendent Quetzal is often held to be the most beautiful bird in the Western Hemisphere.
Particularly important to their diet are wild avocados, which the birds swallow whole before regurgitating the pit helping to disperse the seeds. Their habitat is montane cloud forests ofImage:ResplendentQuetzal.jpg Central America (from Southern Mexico to Panama). Resplendent Quetzals usually live alone when not breeding. When breeding, females lay two pale blue eggs in a nest placed in a hole which they carve in a rotten tree. Both parents take turns at incubating, with their long tail feathers folded forwards over the back and out of the hole, where they tend to look like a bunch of fern growing out of the hole. The incubation period lasts about 18 days, during which the male generally incubates the eggs during the day while the female incubates them at night.

Until recently, it was thought that the Resplendent Quetzal could not be bred or held for any long time in captivity, and indeed it was noted for usually killing itself soon after being captured or caged. For this reason it is a traditional symbol of liberty.

March 31st Cesar Chavez March & Festival

 On March 31st Mestre Carlos Aceituno was 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  Fogo Na Roupa Bateria/Dancers and Omolu Capoeira were present in full regalia with drums to take part in the historical march.


The Si Se Puede Award
will be presented posthumously to Mestre Carlos Aceituno, a man who espoused Cesar’s core values in his everyday life, such as community and service to others. Mestre Aceituno founded the award winning Carnaval Group Fogo Na Roupa; consisting of both a performing company and a Grupo Carnavalesco (Carnival Group), he also taught Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art. His unwavering commitment in these areas of study touched the lives and hearts of many community members. It is only fitting that we come together as a community to celebrate and honor the great contributions of Cesar E. Chavez and Mestre Carlos Aceituno. Although these men are not with us in the flesh, they are with us in spirit, and will always have a special place in our hearts. For through their actions they taught us that "SI SE PUEDE"!
For inquiries and donations or P.O. Box 56074 San Jose, CA 95156
the Chavez Family Vision. A 501 c (3) non-profit public benefit corporation. Located in the historical "Sal Si Puedes" neighborhood.
2nd Annual Festival Bellas Artes de Cesar Chavez

Mexican Heritage Plaza
At the Mexican Heritage Plaza a month long schedule of events celebrating the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez began March 30, 2007 and will continue throughout the month of April.

These events are being coordinated with the Cesar Chavez Family Vision of San Jose and will involve the active participation of Chavez family members, including Cesar’s sister, Rita Chavez Medina. She has Co-Chaired the events with San Jose Councilmember Nora Campos (District 5) and San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. These events are intended to bring a heightened awareness of the life and work of Cesar Chavez, his many interests in music and literature, and his contributions to the farm worker and civil rights movement.
Check for information on the up- coming events.
For those not acquainted with the Mexican Heritage Plaza, its mission is to affirm, celebrate and preserve the rich cultural heritage of the Mexican community and showcase multicultural arts within the region. Built in association with the City of San Jose and the San Jose Redevelopment Agency, is a significant Latino cultural center in our nation.



Quetzal: Chicano Groove: Afro-Latin, Rock, Jarocho, World
The East L.A. band extends its reach -- and the dimensions of Chicano music -- asserting itself as a world-class act. Proclaimed by Los Lobos as "ready to carry the torch for Los Angeles's Chicano community," they are currently one of Los Angeles' most important and successful groups.
Quetzal embodies the soul and the struggle at the heart of the Mexican-American legacy.
Quetzal: Die Cowboy Die

The band's fourth CD was released in the fall of 2006

album cover

"Cowboy" is a lot less folkloric, a lot more urban. It even incorporates elements of R&B with the addition of bearded, bespectacled Quincy McCrary on keyboard and vocals (in English) that evoke Stevie Wonder, but the key flavors are all still there traditional son jarocho from Veracruz, tasty salsa rhythms from the Caribbean and rock influences from Santana to Morrissey. "The point was to go places we haven't been before, to shed our skin," Flores said over lunch recently at a Mexican restaurant in El Sereno. "Instead of trying to replace people or a sound," added Gonzalez, "we just let the sound change." That restless creativity has been a hallmark of a group that has single-handedly carried the torch passed on by Los Lobos, East L.A.'s greatest band.
--Agustin Gurza, La Times at

 Their mix of Mexican and Afro-Cuban rhythms, Jazz, R&B, and Rock is amplified by the vibrant vocals of Martha Gonzalez. , named for a tropical bird prized by the Maya for its resplendent plumage, was formed in the early '90s by guitarist-composer Quetzal Flores, the son of community organizers who cedes the spotlight to his wife, co-writer,  and lead vocalist Martha Gonzalez. Martha Gonzales is an outstanding vocalist who communicates passionately through these songs (in both English and Spanish) The band is a product of the barrio whose sensual, soulful music can often be indignant and insightful as it explores identity in times of upheaval. Their commitment to using art as a tool for social change is informed and inspired by global grassroots movements. For the past five years they have been instrumental in developing Fandango Sin Fronteras, a dialogue between Chicanos from California and Jarochos (musicians from Veracruz, Mexico).

P.S. took a special  interest in Quetzal because of this song A Fair Forgery of Pink Floyd ([1]) (features Quetzal covering Pink Floyd's song Mother)



"Sunday's 4pm carnaval class at Oakland's Malonga Arts was electric, euphoric. The energy was out of this world; people were coming close to passing out. I had to step out to catch my breath. It lasted all the way through 8:30 pm. Most bay area escolas de samba diehards and teachers were present to honor our master. Students of dance, and capoeira danced with an energy that would put a smile in our teacher's face; and those of you who have taken a dance/drum class know that he was not that easy to please. My estimate is at least a thousand people attended; some stayed at the altar in the lobby; the majority went up to the second floor; so the dance studio was totally packed, hardly any room to move! Musky incense was in the air to appease the spirits. There were beautiful pictures posted on the wall of our teacher throughout the past twenty years of carnaval fun. There was one photo of mid-1980's that made me chuckle; a rail thin guy with a mustache dressed with shiny disco clothes, and coming out of his car with a big smile. So many tears, so much joy, so much closeness that it felt like a family gathering to me. I never saw so many students dance so vibrantly,confidently, and with so much energy and moves! Batucada was super tight; they played their hearts out. Capoeira students did their thing so beautifully, with heart felt turns, kicks and chants. I felt totally transported to Salvador Bahia, northeast Brazil which is where the music he taught us comes from. I think everyone in that room knew that there was only one way to honor our teacher, and that is to express that spirit that he generously shared with us. It is an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life. It all felt just so REAL; and you all know Carlos was REAL.
-Hector (dance student) Mon Oct 2, 2006
Image:Yemaya-NewOrleans.jpg"In the years that I danced with him, trained Capoeira
with him, drummed with him and sang with him I was so ALIVE. I only wish I had the chance to tell him that he gave me LIFE. Your passing to the next world sent shockwaves through my veins... uncontrollably I cried, I cried, I cried. I prayed that through the universe my feelings would reach you, for words unspoken. The truth is your spirit has engulfed my being since the day we met. I always wanted your blessings and hoped in your heart you knew what you meant. I feel your life force now just as much as ever, which is a testament that you never really left. I pray that one day I will meet you again and we can have another dance.

Muito AXE Carlos, until we meet again...
Yvonne [more]

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