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Week in Bahia: Ologundê

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Week in Bahia: Ologundê

Time: April 21, 2012 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Kelly-Strayhorn Theater
Street: 5941 Penn Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Website or Map: http://weekinbahia.com/
Phone: 412-491-4959
Event Type: concert
Organized By: KENIA
Latest Activity: Apr 15, 2012

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Dende Macedo and the New York-based Ologundê ensemble will celebrate the rich Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador, Bahia through an evening of internationally acclaimed folkloric music, dance and martial arts that celebrates the rich Afro-Brazilian culture of Bahia. They perform a diverse repertoire which includes the rituals associated with Candomblé, a synthesis of the Yoruba and Catholic religions in which various orixas (gods) are invoked; the breathtaking capoeira martial arts dance; maculélé, a warrior dance which utilizes sticks and machetes and was originally created in the sugar cane fields by slaves; and the exhilarating samba de roda, which can be traced back to the semba of Angola. Comprised of Brazilians living both in the United States and Brazil, Ologundê includes former members of world-renowned music and dance troupes and is under the direction of noted percussionist Dende from the famed Timbalada band. The ensemble has performed throughout the US since its formation in 2002 and toured Greece as part of the Cultural Olympiad, appearing at the Kalamata Dance Festival and at the Athens Festival at the Acropolis.

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