Átila Alves is known for teaching forró since 2010 in Europe, he is also known for creating a magicl mix of Forró and Samba on the dance floor.
Of northeastern origin but raised in the periphery of São Paulo, it is clear the search for roots in their disco, whether in Forró or Samba.
He became a collector of vinyl even before moving from Brazil and began to play exclusively with vinyl in 2014, performing later in major festivals of forró in Europe.
We present them to the first confirmed artist… from the family, we have DJ Sampa here this summer @djsampa.vinyl
Vinyl DJ, cultural producer and researcher of Northeastern culture, especially forró de serra in its historical-cultural perspective.
Through the vinyls, trace a table, a poem or a claim.
Sampa is the founder of the project “Forró Vinyl” and co-founder of the group “Forró Vem”, both cultural projects that were spread and promoted by forró for 10 years.
Born and raised in São Paulo, we were influenced by young people from the popular styles of the 70’s and 80’s. Everyone lives their passion for music playing Samba, Samba-Rock, Rap, Hip Hop and Funk-Soul at parties in the city during the 90’s His first contact with Forró Pé de Serra was in the late 1990s during his first movements in the capital.
Influenced by the great musical panoramas of Brazil and supported by DJs from the scene such as Xeleléu, Swingueiro and Ivan, DJ Sampa has been developing since 2014 an extensive historical-cultural investigation focusing on the roots of Forró de Serra and its genres.
Since the 2000s, he has lived in Switzerland and worked professionally as a DJ in clubs and events in Europe, opening shows such as Jorge Aragão, Curumin, rapper Emicida and singer Karol Conka, among others.
Between 2007 and 2010 he was a DJ at Clube do Forró e Gafieira in Zurich and since 2014 he has studied Forró Pé de Serra in its cultural context.
Since 2015 Sampa has been surprising l@s forrozeir@s de Suiza and Europa in festivals and clubs throughout the European continent. He also participated in the editions of Rootstock Brasil and Forró de Vitrola.
Offering a rich vinyl collection, Sampa combines his experience as a professional DJ with his passion for Forró.
Dj Pedro BZ is an important broadcaster of forró in Barcelona.
Forrozeiro from a very young age, @pedrobzbcn is the producer of the weekly dance Forró Lado B, a space where he presents the results of his musical research and welcomes other DJs within the forró scene, with the purpose of bringing new energy and influences to the movement. place.
He is also one of the founders of Forró Pirata, a cultural calendar on Instagram, which promotes Brazilian events in the city.
It’s a great honour to have Ivan Dias @forroemvinil as a DJ at O Fole Roncou 2022.
He began to DJ and interact at the pé de serra forró’s scene at 1997, when he started his research about traditional forró, its discography, its rhythms and its peculiar dance forms.
Since then, he has performed as DJ at the main forró houses, in large concert halls and SESCs in Brazil. He has also been at the main European Forró festivals and nightclubs on forró nights, passing through Portugal, Spain, France, England, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and Italy.
Since 2007, he articulated with several other collectors, the “Forró em vinil” website, a site that promotes , rescues and shares for free the best of pé de serra forró, through the forró discography, from the 1940s until the present day, including vinyl, CDs and DVDs records. Most of the current collection, with more than 5000 items, consists on out-of print records, plus photos, texts, videos and books about the subject.
He presented lectures in Brazil and Europe about the forró history, its main artists and its development from the 1940s until the present day. He participated of lectures events at the State University of Paraíba, at the Seminar “Forró and Patrimônio Cultural”, in Recife – PE, at SESCs and at CTN (at São Paulo – SP) where the theme was Forró and digital media.
In 2017, in partnership with musician and researcher Sandrinho Dupan, from Campina Grande – PB, he wrote the booklet: “What is Forró?” dedicated to put together and promote basic forró information, talking about history, music, dance and its main artists.
Since 2002, he organizes the “Festival Rootstock”, which annually brings together the greatest forró artists and traditional forró trios. He has worked as a producer in several concert halls and produced around 800 musical concerts since 1997 with great names of northeastern and Brazilian music such as: Dominguinhos, Elba Ramalho, Geraldo Azevedo, Genival Lacerda, Flávio José, Os 3 do Nordeste and Trio Nordestino, among others.
He has already produced 03 Vinyl, 15 CDs, 07 DVDs and participated of the
production of another 10 CDs, from 1998 until today.
Dance teacher, DJ, percussionist and cultural producer born in Conceição do Mato Dentro, Minas Gerais and based in Lisbon since 2008, he has had music and popular dance in his life since he was a child.
The first and strongest influence came from the Afro-Minian manifestations, such as Marujadas, Congados, Cabocl, Catopês, who arrived through the arrival of their maternal grandfather and, simultaneously, in the radio broadcast, the voice of Luiz Gonzaga and the baião that one day would be the your vocation. As he grew up, his interest in the origins of Forró also grew, in its history, culture and the strength that this rhythm represents in the culture of his country.
Today, after 14 years living in Portugal, Enrique has already taught and played forró in 18 countries and created initiatives in Lisbon that foster the growth of this culture that involves a lot of music and dance.
Let’s dance to your music!
Reference of Brazilian Music in France, âMy B is a DJ and musical and cultural producer from São Paulo settled in Lyon for a few years.
She is the first woman DJ to work only with Brazilian Culture and the first woman specialized in Forró in Europe.
Forró has always been a fundamental element of her work. Every week since 2017, she has organized “Forró da âMy”, the only weekly Forró party in Lyon.
She is also vice-president of the Forró association in Lyon, with which she organizes monthly events, marathons and the first Forró em Lyon Festival (may 2022).
She has already participated in several festivals and balls in several cities across Europe and Brazil!
She is also the founder of the Carnavália collective, which has been promoting Brazilian Culture in Lyon since 2019 and a resident DJ at Radio Nova Lyon.
Felipe, who lives in Salvador BA, started dancing forró when he was only 13 years old and at 15 he was already giving private and group classes.
Shortly after, he opened his Essência forró school, which turns 8 in August.
He is currently in the 6th semester of Dance at UFBA and has been working for 6 years with groups of elderly people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s at the Longevitat Institute.
He has given workshops in Chile, in Forrófest USA, in Israel, Siberia and Moscow. He has traveled to more than 10 different countries in Europe sharing his Essencia method.
Felipe enjoys working with what he loves, being able to visit places, meet people and taking with great love all the knowledge that he has acquired in these years of study and practice.
“We are always learning and I think that the classes are an exchange, because in each class the students show me how I can be a better teacher. Learning is my purpose and teaching is one of my greatest passions.”
His latest project is now a Training for Forró Teachers and he dreams of leaving his legacy with the Essencia Method and helping all those who are looking for a reference to start their path teaching.
Hugo Silva has been dancing since he was 13 years old. Hugo began his career as a teacher of ballroom dancing in 2004 when he won a scholarship to study ballroom dancing at the 7 & 8 School Cultural Hall Dance Association – Fatima Ramos.
He graduated as a teacher at Escola 7 & 8 and in 2015 he decided to start his own project.
Today, he is Project Director # SimboraDançar, a school that has as its predominant rhythm the Forró Pé de Serra (Roots). He also has group lessons from Samba de Gafieira, Zouk and Kizomba.
In addition to classes, he began his work as a DJ for Dance Hall and Forró. Nowadays he is a resident DJ in several houses of events of Belo Horizonte and also in other States of Brazil.
David Bosco has been a ballroom dance teacher and choreographer for more than 23 years.
In 2010 he arrived in Barcelona and began his work with forró classes, being the forerunner of the dance movement in Barcelona.
Today he is fully dedicated to his new project: the CAFOFO – Brazilian Cultural Center in Barcelona, where he teaches Forró and other Brazilian dance styles, together with other professionals.
Sarah fell in love with forró while living in Milan and she hasn’t looked back since. Building on her experience in sports and language education, Sarah launched and started to teach forró classes in Brussels in 2014. She now teaches regular classes across multiple levels and two cities, as well as travelling all over Europe and beyond to teach at workshops and festivals. She is also one of the founders of the Be Forró association in Brussels, working to serve the growing forró community in the city.
Sarah’s belief that a teacher should be forever an enthusiastic student has led her to study with many teachers and dancers, both within forró and beyond (samba de gafieira, tango, body percussion, and more…) In particular, her initial work and partnership with Ricardo Ambrózio shaped her vision of forró, and more recent studies with Sheila Santos have significantly enriched her approach and methodology. Beyond these two crucial influences, Sarah has been privileged to be able to teach and study with many other talented teachers which has broadened her horizons and skills as both leader and follower.
Sarah’s classes emphasise the importance of presence, connection with our partner and musicality. Musicality has in fact been one of the focal points in her teaching and research for many years now and has become one of the most requested topics from festival and workshop organisers. In the classroom, she also prides herself on (trying to!) achieve that oh-so-delicate balance between technique and creativity, precision and freedom, focus and fun.
Camila was born in Portugal but is a citizen of the world. She practised different dances until she found forró and fell in love with it and with the movement exploration that it offered. She travelled to many festivals around the word as Pablo Dias’ dancing partner until 2014, when she decided to become a forró teacher herself.
At her classes, she develops a very special side of “ladies’ style”, exploring the connection with oneself and the different movements that exist. Her classes are suitable for both men and women, of course!
We can’t wait to have you here in August!
Enrique Matos connected with music through radio stations from the inland regions of Minas Gerais, where he first listened to Luiz Gonzaga.
He discovered dancing as a child at arraiás, quadrilhas and novenas and when he moved to Belo Horizonte as a 13-year-old, Forró Universitário was at its highest and he became passionate about it, making forró his philosophy and lifestyle.
For almost 11 years he has been developing his work with forró in Lisbon as a teacher and founder of Espaço Baião, musician in Luso Baião/ Nosso Som and DJ in Baião Vintage.
He also produces Baião in Lisboa Festival and Maria Bonita Festival, the first Forró festival dedicated to women and their role in the dance.
Tome forró and see you in August, Enrique!
Here we announce the first band that will be at @ofoleroncou this year. So happy to welcome @forrodopiano home 😍🌻⚡️
The “Forró do Piano” arises from the meeting of
instrumentalists with musical experiences
different united by a common point: The passion
for the Forro.
The mixture of all those talents results in a
unique and different sonority of the Forró pé de serra
traditional. The purpose of the project is to carry out the
Forró for all scenarios, so that people
can be dancing or just
enjoying the sound.
The repertoire is chosen with great care,
containing original songs and
renowned Brazilian composers.
Popular and learned, fast and slow, Man and Woman,
piano and accordion.
The Forro do Piano arrives with a hot dance, very
danceable and with a sonority that makes the soul happy.
Makes you want to start dancing now, doesn’t it?
Yes, even if you don’t believe it, it’s true.
The people who stay on Monday, August 15 at the Pool-Party are going to be able to enjoy this great concert. These three great artists are going to be with us at the @masialacy for that 24-hour forró marathon. will you hold on
Surely with @janaynapereiraoficial @diegooliveiraforro and @ocainaaraujo, yes🌞
Janayna Pereira is a singer, songwriter, percussionist, and actress who graduated from the Escola de Arte Dramática EAD/ECA/USP and was in charge of the band Bicho de Pé as vocalist and author of the vast majority of the group’s songs for 19 years.
Her compositions, especially “Nosso Xote (Moreno)”, became a great success among forrozeiros and lovers of Northeastern popular culture, which is the main source of inspiration for this restless artist who released her solo album TEMPO BOM on 24 /06/2021, Saint John’s Day. The album features compositions by Zeca Baleiro, Ricardo Barros and Paulo César Pinheiro, Bena Lobo and Edu Krieger, Paulio Cele and his new author songs, and with the participation of Zeca Baleiro and Mestrinho. It is available on all digital platforms.
In partnership with Danilo Moraes, he released the single “Promessa” and the duo is in the process of composing a next single to be released soon.
Now Jana is in the process of pre-production of her EP “Festa de São João” which will also feature Mestrinho on the accordion of the song “Dance Comigo” and a re-recording of her biggest hit “Nosso Xote” which earned the author sales of almost 300,000 copies when it was released in 2000.
Bora dance! May this culture continue to spread throughout the world, promoting dance and sharing and enlightening hearts.
Carlos Valverde is a Pifeiro and his Forró Magnético Project values three fundamental instruments of Northeastern culture: The Viola, the Pífano and the Rabeca.
His compositions present a repertoire based on the traditional rhythms of Forró and other rhythms of Brazilian popular culture.
@carlosvalverdepifanos – Pifanos and Voice
@notaro_lucas – Viola and Voice
@leodcorrea – Fiddle and Voice
@leniverissimo – Triangle and Voice
@1mestrelethonascimento – Zabumba e Voz