So on February 19 (sorry Dave), at common break in Room 9 Sutherland, Brasil came to Penn State Abington. Well, Aló Brasil that is. A Philadelphia-based Brazilian band, brings their audiences into a “tornado of rhythm and sound”, according to their Facebook page, which is exactly what they did. And I got to document it all on snapchat. Check it out!
From the very first beat of their drum, I can say I was definitely captivated by their music. They seemed to bring an atmosphere with them, not just because of how cultural their backgrounds were and because they were performing Brazilian music, but because there was a sense of connection and family with the whole band.
The band started off with a toned-down-er (is that a word?) song to sort of kick off the event, and get the audience accustomed to the feel of how they were going to play. Later, they introduced two dancers, one song at a time, who then walked among the audience members to rally up some brave dancers.
The dancers really brought a unique and different aspect to the performance. The moves displayed seemed to tell a story in accordance to what was being sung, almost like a musical of some sorts.
I specifically remember their one song called “Mama Africa” which was full of lively beats and notes. But man were these songs easy to dance to. I myself got a chance to get out of my seat and dance with a couple friends.
The whole sense of musical style was very, very unique. The songs were very lively and upbeat and it was hard to find one person not clapping along in the audience. At one point, the main leader/singer brought out a musical bow, which, once he started playing it, sent chills down my spine. A beautiful rendition of a song I wouldn’t be able to name was played, and it was a great way to sort of end the whole event.
I was really glad I got to experience what Aló Brasil brought to Abington that day. When you can sit down and listen to and experience cultural music from different parts of the world, it can really open your eyes and get you to interact outside of your comfort zone.