Friday, August 16, 2013 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Little Haiti Cultural Center

How can we describe the indescribable?

This will be the first time in history that a traditional maracatu group from Recife, Brazil tours the the USA.  Estrelha Brilante will visit the US for a groundbreaking tour, joined by NYC based Brazilian group Nation Beat.  And when they stop in Miami, they meet Haiti in an explosion of marching music.  Rasin Lakay brings the percussion and horns of Haitian roots music into the mix, live from the heart of Little Haiti.

Founded in 1906, Estrela Brilhante is one of the most renowned traditional maracatu groups in the world. Led by the legendary Mestre Walter and Queen Dona Marivalda, Estrela Brilhante has performed throughout Brazil and Europe, with numerous Carnival competition championship titles in Recife, including 2012 and 2013.  Maracatu de baque virado is a dynamic rhythm from the northeast of Brazil, propulsive and dramatic, steeped in African and Indigenous traditions with religious overtones. Its massive percussion groups and dancers lead the way for the king, queen, princess, and crowds of revelers who follow the rhythm of the music and the movement of the court.

Between bands, enjoy DJ Mack of

The night will featuring delicious kreyol cuisine from Leela’s Lakay, ice cold Prestige Beer at the bar, and more.

The hands-on art activities for kids are sponsored by Positive Impact Foundation / Kose Famn.

Big Night in Little Haiti takes place every 3rd Friday, free, at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.  Major support is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Boom.  Additional sponsors and partners include Prestige Beer, FIU Latin American and Caribbean Center, FIAT of North Miami, AmericanAirlines, City of Miami and Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs.

maracatu2A Tale of Two Nations’ US tour is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and with major support from AmericanAirlines.