Since few years Europe is experiencing an explosion of popularity of one specific kind of Brazilian rhythm and dance, the Forró. Berlin, as an unofficial diaspora capital, plays its part in such development and presents one of the most powerful forró band in Europe. With a strong traditional repertoire of rhythms like xote, baião and arrasta-pé, the band has a basic formation with Philipe Alves (Accordeon), João Afojubá (Percussions), Fabiano Lima (Zabumba) and Mariano Habib (Triangle). For the last two tropical diaspora events the band had a very special guest from Pernambuco – Brazil playing Rabeca, a kind of ancient violin adapted to the Forró. His name is Hans Santos and his presence within the original formation was the highlight of this year to our guests that couldn’t imagine the wonderful night they would experience.
The musicians of the original formation are playing since a while in Berlin, and from event to event bring people from all districts of the city to dance together on the same floor all night long. The case of the event called Forrúmbia realized at the BiNuu, in the heart of XBerg in Berlin was a signal of the growing attention and visibility in other scenes of the city. The idea was to present Forró and Cúmbia, two South American rhythms, in one place. The result was a success and all people could dance Forró and Cúmbia the whole night long without thinking about boundaries, during the live show and in the after party with me and Bongo.
All members of Forró Maragandá live in Berlin and they have the city as central point for their projects as well. These guys are well known in the Latin American scene of the capital and are also involved in diverse musical projects.
Forró (Portuguese pronunciation: