The Afro Brazilian Cultural Center of New Jersey Music and Dance Ensemble bring to their audiences the rich African influenced rhythms and dances originating in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, a region known for custom deeply rooted in the traditions and spirituality of ancestral Africa.
The ensemble is directed by George Carneiro, known professionally as George Palmares, who shares his experience of growing up on the streets of Salvador immersed in the magical sounds of the Street Musicians, Carnaval, and Camdomble ceremonies. The Ensemble performs works from Afro-Brazilian Folkloric Dances such as Samba, Maculele, and the Dances of the forces of Nature, known as Orixas in Brazil. It features a performance of Capoeira, an Afro Brazilian martial art that combines dance, music and acrobatics.
All are accompanied by live percussion and traditional instruments making for an exciting and engaging performance. Join us for an experience of Afro Brazilian culture through our promotion of cross-cultural understanding, see something global in an authentic way, and interact with our International Ambassadors, no passport required. Experience the magic of Salvador!
George Carneiro known professionally as George Palmares is a Master Capoeirista, Composer, Choreographer, Percussionist, Vocalist and Dancer. He is the Artistic Director of the Afro Brazilian Cultural Center of New Jersey a Montclair based organization with affiliates in New York and Newark.
He has been performing professionally since the age of 15 and since coming to the United States in 2000 he has presented performances and residencies in primary and secondary schools and cultural institutions throughout the United States.