After one more successful performance of the Brazilian Summer Festival 2008,
Brazilian Nites Productions comes back to the Queen Mary of Long Beach, on Saturday, November 15 at 9 pm. This time presenting SAMBAJAH's first CD Release "City of Jah" with guest artist DIOGO NOGUEIRA, who has a Latin Grammy nomination in the category "Best new artist of the year", plus RAS CEYLON with a touch of Hip Hop beats and the colourful Samba dancers guaranteed to transport you to the nights of Rio de Janeiro.
Opening the event is RAS CEYLON, a Rastafarian rap artist of Sri-Lankan descent who just released the long-awaited Scientific Non-Fiction album by Throwback recording's "Let us carry on our tradition to freedom" -Technically, his third album, Ras has made a name for himself on the underground hip-hop scene with his popular mixtapes. A mixture of Rap, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Reggae flavors, Ras generated a dynamic buzz with the new album's first single, "Western Front," which was the No. 1 Pick Hit of the Week at the online music trade, www.rapattacklives.com.
"Betta B Ready" has been added to MTV JAMS, MTV -UK, BritAsia, Much Music Canada (2 shows: Much Vibe and Rap City), Sri Lankan Tube, Footlocker Retail Stores in US and Europe. Ras Ceylon's personal, musical and artistic objectives are rooted in the Rastafarian Revolution principals. He says, "The aim, focus and goal is about liberation--freedom in the mind, body and spirit. I grew up loving music in all forms. To me, music is more than just entertainment. I'm about uplifting people through its vibrations and frequencies. And uplifting people, and my community is definitely what I'm striving to achieve."
SAMBAJAH, which started as a hobby, is now a full-fledge venture. They are one of the most important local Samba and Pagode bands. Its main members and founders are Brazilian natives, Arlindo Jr (vocals, percussion), Rodrigo (vocals, cavaquinho, small 5 string guitar) and Renato (vocals, guitar) plus additional percussionists to show audiences a variety of samba instruments. Their first CD, "City of Jah" produced by JBeats has recently been released with rhythms rooting from Brazil has added the essence of Hip Hop to the world of Samba plus reggae vibes and soul rhythms.
Hip Hop's hottest artist Verbal Threat, is collaborating with the group on the exquisite track "Origem" (Origin) creating a fine example of this mixture of Samba with Hip Hop. The tracks "Rosa" and "Sunset" will take you and your loved one away for a romantic adventure and "Expresso 2222" along with "Batucada" will have your feet moving faster then you could have ever imagined. Stunning samba dancers will join Sambajah throughout their performance.
DIOGO NOGUEIRA is 27 years old, a singer, and a composer, and comes from a noble lineage of samba music. Son of the renown composer and singer João Nogueira, before Diogo was even one month old, he was already tagging along with his parents to samba gatherings, called pagodes, and was accustumed from an early age to listen to samba and choros. Recently, Diogo has, for the third time (never before achieved by a composer), achieved the victory in providing the theme of the samba school of his heart, Portela Samba School of Rio de Janeiro, where he was part of the sector comprised of composers.
Revered by masters like Monarco, Candeia, Clara Nunes, Paulinho da Viola, Marisa Monte, and João Nogueira. Diogo Nogueira has been chosen by popular vote to the final phase of the Multishow Brazilian Music Prize 2008 (equivalent to the Latin Grammys) in the category "Revelation". He has been recently nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of "Best artist of the year", which will take place in Houston, Texas on November 13, 2008 at the Toyota Center.
Brazilian arts and crafts booths plus authentic Brazilian food by Termite Catering will be available for purchase.
Tickets for this event at the Queen Mary, priced at $15 General Admission ($20 at the door) and $20 for Reserved Table Seats ($25 at the door) are available at selected outlets or by calling (818) 566-1111 or by logging to www.wantickets.com or www.BrazilianNites.com. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802
This event is a presentation of Brazilian Nites Productions. Sponsored in part by Throwback Records, LATV, Golly Guarana, Brazil Best Magazine, REMO Inc., Latination and American Latino
Brazilian Nites Productions has presented the finest Brazilian artists in past years, including Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Dori Caymmi, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, Elba Ramalho, Geraldo Azevedo, Olodum, Djavan, Moraes Moreira, Jorge Ben Jor, Maria Rita and Daniela Mercury among others. Not to be missed is the annual Brazilian Carnaval at the Queen Mary that attracts over 3,000 party goers, usually on the actual week-end of carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, in the month of February.
Important web sites:
SAMBAJAH: www.Sambajah.com / www.myspace.com/sambajah
DIOGO NOGUEIRA: www.DiogoNogueira.com.br / www.myspace.com/diogonogueira
RAS CEYLON: www.rasceylon.com / www.throwbackrecs.com