|Fogo Na Roupa presents for Carnaval San
Flight of the Quetzal...
Flight of the Quetzal...
In celebration of the birth, passion and legacy of Mestre Carlos Aceituno
|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
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
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.
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 TRANSCEND!!! the vivaARTS network web: http://www.vivaARTS.net blog: http://360.yahoo.com/vivaARTS1
Carlos remains @
Saturday, May 5th
2007 ON GOING CLASS SCHEDULE
Percussion with Jose Rivera
Mission Cultural Center
Carnaval Dance (5-13yrs) 5-6pm
Carnaval Dance (13-19yrs) 6-7pm
Steppin' Out Dance Studio
3435 Cesar Chavez Studio 204
San Francisco, 94110
Carnaval Drum and Dance Class
Melrose Leadership Academy
1325 53rd Avenue
Oakland CA 94601
|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.
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).
|"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
"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...