Maculelê – Afro Brazilian Dance – Teens and Adults (2nd of the month) (10:15-11:15am)
Maculelê is a traditional Afro-Brazilian dance played with sticks and machetes. Maculelê was created by the African slaves in Brazil who worked the sugar cane plantations. It is believed that during their times of rest between working, they would practice this dance with the machetes which they used for cutting down the sugar cane.
The basic movements of Maculelê imitate the movement and motion of chopping the sugar cane. Many of the Maculelê songs are song in the language of Yoruba. Yoruba was the native language of many of the Africans who were enslaved in Brazil. The dance is performed in a ritual circle which is called the “roda”. Two dancers at a time perform together in the center of circle, while the other participants keep the rhythm by hitting their sticks or machetes together, and take turns leading song. The instruments played are tradicionaly 3 Atabaque, traditional Brazilian drums which plays the rhythms Congo, Afoxé, and Barra Vento. Also, the Agogô, a cow bell, accompanies the drum.