Since 2015 we have the honour to call Geraldinho Lins our patron!
The famous artist from Brazil visited Berlin for the first time in March 2014 to give a show at Dança Frevo -many shows followed and a great friendship has emerged.
Geraldinho Lins: “For me the Psiu! Forró Festival is one of the most important forró and Brazilian music festivals in the world. It is organized with many criteria, with a lot of affection, by people who understand culture, who live culture, who are born within the culture….Certainly one of the most organized festivals….So I am very grateful to be back to the festival so that I can share the moments so important to Brazilian culture….Being invited to be a sponsor for another year is a source of great pride and joy in my 28-year career.”
Fábio Reis - Mannheim / São Paulo
Dancer, teacher, choreographer, dj and event organizer of ballroom dances, has as his main dance Forró, a rhythm that has been researching over the past 17 years. Since then, he has won twice the Brazilian Forró Championship, awards in national and international dance festivals, he is artistic director of the Encontro de Forró festival held in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Traveled to several countries in the World, has appeared in many TV shows, dance congresses throughout Brazil and his last conquer was as best Forró teacher of Brazil in 2015 and 2016 (Troféu Baila Mundo). His research in ballroom dancing and Brazilian folk led him to develop a multicultural forró dance, without prejudice, because in his opinion Forró is one of the richest dance in terms of styles and different way to dance the same music. Currently Fábio lives in Stuttgart - Germany, working with the Dança Bonito, Forró in Karlsruhe and teaching Forró around the world.
Anax Caracol - London / Tocantins
Anax is a northeast Brazilian, born in the heart of Brazil in the state of Tocantins, between the Amazonas and the Northeast of the country. His passion for dance was sparked from a very early age, inspired by his family who taught him the value and importance of the rich cultural heritage of the North and North-East of Brazil. Anax’s interests grew once he moved to the cultural Coco town of Arcoverde in the back lands of Pernambuco at the age of 8 years. From there, he explored and learned many types of popular dances such as Coco, Maracatu, Jongo, Samba de Roda, Brazilian contemporary, Orixas dances and of course Forró. Anax has trained with folkloric dance master`s such as Antonio Nobrega, Lula Calixto, Omolu and others who inspired him in his life and career as a dancer. His experiences led to his participation in one of the top Afro companies in the country, the Bale Folclorico da Bahia and the well-known classic company of Carmen Serra in Spain.
Since moving to London in 2009, Anax became a key part of the forró scene in the UK, teaching regular classes in London, Birmingham, Bristol and in different universities around UK. He also teaches and performs at numerous dance festivals around Europe and the globe in places like Canada, Japan and Russia. Anax is a teacher and founder of Forro Brincado - a project that brings Brazilian popular culture to the UK and all of Europe by dance classes and weekly or yearly events. Anax`s Forro style is an amalgamation of many forms of movement and expression, and is heavily influenced by Afro and Indigenous background, where use of hips, body language and footwork is emphasized, making the dance more playful and fun.
Marion Lima - Paris
Born in Paris, Marion Pigeard started dancing at the age of 12 studying modern jazz, tap dance and musical comedy. At 18 she discovered salsa and other latin dances (bachata, merengue) and since 2003 she has taught salsa near Paris.
In 2004, Marion discovered forró through various Brazilian partnerships. From 2006, and after completing her training, Marion began travelling regularly to Brazil and created a partnership with Marinho Braz. In 2006 she went on to create the association “Le P´tit Bal Perdu” which diffuses a culture of couple dance, organises lessons, evening events and the Forró Festival “Ai que Bom” which takes place in Paris.
Today, Marion teaches and organizes dance programs in France, Europe and Brazil to diffuse as widely as possible the culture of forró.
Xandy Liberato - Valencia / São Paulo
Xandy Liberato is a teacher, choreographer, dancer, therapist and a dance researcher. He created the Liberato’s Methodology from years of studies in couple dancing, contemporary, afro, somatic techniques and holistic practices validated by the transpersonal psychology.
He currently teaches his knowledge in regular classes, workshops, congresses and in his own retreat, which aims to help people to have a more fluid dance, connecting dance and life as a reflection of each other.
Marcinho Bezerra - Bordeaux / Salvador
Marcinho, born in Salvador-Brazil, met forró in 2003, going out to parties. One year later, he felt the needs to get deeper into that culture and dance by studying the masters and contributors of traditional forró (forró pé-de-serra). During his improvement, he learned to sensitize himself by the music, trying to transform it in movement. Like Marcinho always says: "I don't dance forró, it's the forró that makes me dance!" In 2006 he woke up to his gift of teaching and from that moment, got engaged in the forrozeiros world. In 2007, he started to dedicate to Samba de Gafieira, that became his second passion in life.
In 2013, Marcinho moved to Bordeaux-France in order to show to the French his culture and strengthen the forró and samba de gafieira movement in Europe. During this time, he has been teaching and sharing the culture of these wonderful dances.
Carlos Frevo - Berlin / Recife
Carlos Frevo, born Carlos da Silva, is a qualified dancer. Born in Pernambuco, Brazil he has been working as a dancer, dancing instructor and choreographer since 1996. Influenced by the diverse
culture of Brazil, he possesses an extensive repertoire of traditional Brazilian dances: frevo, maracatu, coco, samba, afro-brazilian dance, forró and samba de gafieira.
He began his education in traditional dance at the age of 12 years in the “Tax Dance Company”, “Maje Mole”, “Darue Malungo” as well as “Cia Terapia Dança de Salão”. He also took classes with the great Frevo-master Meia Noite. In 2000 he began his education in modern dance in the “Company Experimental de Dança”.
Since 2004 Carlos Frevo is living and working in Berlin, Germany and is constantly developing his dance technique. As founder and artistic director, from 2012 to 2017 he gained a great international reputation with the "Tanzstudio Dança Frevo" and also made known the rich culture of Brazil beyond the borders of the country.
He is currently working as a dancer, dance teacher and musician with "Dança Frevo Cultural Events" and also regularly organizes Brazilian concerts and two dance festivals each year.
Juliana Braga - Amsterdam / Belo Horizonte
Juliana Braga started at the age of 10 her education in modern dance, theatre, afro-brazilian and folklore dance at the first dance school for modern dance in the city: Transforma. In 1981, Juliana’s father took her to a gafieira: a place where people dance samba, bolero and other partnering dances, and where Juliana discovered saloon dance as her passion. She took up intensive classes with the best saloon dancers of Belo Horizonte.
From the 1990s, Juliana has given numerous workshops and created dance projects all across the Netherlands. In 2007, Juliana opened her own dance school in the centre of Amsterdam: Espaço Cultural. Besides forró, samba solo and samba de gafieira, she also teaches musicality and body awareness.
Rudolfo Batista & Sarah Lein - Köln / Olinda
Rudolfo was born in Olinda, in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil. Even as a child Rudolfo Batista da Silva was passionate about the folklore, the culture but mostly about the dances of this region of the northeast of Brazil (Nordeste). During his childhood he participated in many of the typical parties called Festas Juninas, dancing in the cultural capitals of Pernambuco.
At the age of 14 Rudolfo’s interest in forró grew and he started learning the typical styles of the northeastern region. When he was 19 he was introduced to the Forró Universitário style, learning it and mixing it with his forró nordestino. In 2010 he moved to the city of Cologne in Germany, where he founded the group Forró de Colônia.
Tau Macedo - Berlin / Salvador da Bahia
Tau Macedo started his involvement with dance at 2009 when he did his first forró class at the "Forrozeando" group, "Forró Universitário" style. He was also a monitor and stayed there for two years. Around 2010 his interest for the so called "Roots" style started to grow and he focused on this particular style in a deeper and independent way, which was still not very known in Salvador. In 2012 he started teaching in a cultural centre and shortly after that, in 2014, he founded his own group, the Forró Classe A. The group proposes teaching forró with emphasis on the roots style, steps that fit with the style, musicality, comfortable dance and leading.
In 2016 Tau had the opportunity to do his fist tour around Europe and now he is living in Berlin - Germany.
Besides being a forró teacher, Tau is also a musician. He plays triangle and zabumba. He started his career in 2011 in a band formed of friends from Forrozeando group called Banda Rutz. In 2012
he met the accordion player Jefinhos Dias and together they formed a quartet which led them to participate at Forró Itaúnas National Festival in 2013 and 2014. In 2016 Tau became the main
musician of the accordion player Jó Miranda. During these years he has played with many artists of the circuit such as Duka Santos, Thiago Fred, Fabiano Santana, Diego Oliveira and Isaac do
Benil - Caruaru
Benil, a native of Caruaru - PE, has musical influences familiar to radioistas and musicians, besides having grown up in one of the biggest northeastern birthplaces of artists. He is now considered one of the greatest artists of the new generation Pernambucana, being respected where he shows his work. In the year 2017 he released the work MAIS DE MIM,
5º CD by Carreira Solo, with half the repertoire of unpublished compositions, showing the versatility of the artist, re-recordings with different arrangements and an unparalleled musicality. He
interpreted Raphael Moura’s song, TudoQueEuQueria, which was the most played in the year 2017.
Benil completed 10 years of Forró in 2013 and to celebrate these years, in partnership with GLOBO NE, recorded on April 20 his first DVD - Benil Forró de Todos os Tempos, a show held at the Luiz Mendonça Theater, Recife with a script composed of forró's successes, compositions that were part of these 10 years of history and songs of own authorship and with partners of the new generation of music; this show (Especial Globo NE) was shown in January 2014 in a special on the programming of the issuer. In 2015, Benil received at the Pernambuco Music Award, the Acinpe Trophy as Best Forró Singer CD of 2014, elected by popular vote. Also in 2015, he participated in the Viva Pernambuco Tour at the invitation of André Rio, with whom he performed at one of the biggest festivals in the world (Montreux Jazz Festival), as well as concerts in Geneve, Milan, Lisbon and Porto; spreading our culture and our people in the old continent.
Repeating the partnership with Globo NE, in September 2018 Benil recorded another DVD, this time in one of the most beautiful tourist spots of our state, Serra Negra - Bezerros, completing its 20 years of career, with the show BENIL - FESTEJAR - 20 Years; where the singer presented the best of forró and carnaval music to be combined in a beautiful DVD.
Cristina Amaral - Sertânia
Cristina began to sing as a child in the youth groups. Adolescent she entered the Marajoara Orchestra and later she joined the group Os Tropicais where she shared the stage with Flávio José for a few years.
In 1990, she started her solo career, participating in and winning the Recifrevo Festival and in 1991 at the Canta Nordeste Festival of Rede Globo she was second in the category of Best Interpreter with the song "Cidade Grande" by Petrúcio Amorim. Parallel to the regional discography that came to launch year after year, she participated in national CDs as Recifrevoé I and II, along with artists such as Chico Buarque, Maria Bethânia, Alceu Valença, Paulinho da Viola and Lenine among others. Later she participates in the CD Forró Brasil, with Gilberto Gil, Dominguinhos, Elba Ramalho and Alceu Valença, as well as representing Brazil on international tours through Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal and France. She also participated in the Festival of Montreux twice, with the addition of one of her songs in 1998 in the CD "Montreux Jazz Festival" being the highlight.
In 2018, in addition to releasing her DVD, Cristina Amaral was honored as the best Forró singer of 2018 and for the best DVD at Pernambuco's 9th Music Award. Throughout her career Cristina has sold more than 60 thousand albums and counts several successes in the 35 years dedicated to music.
Geraldinho Lins - Serra Talhada
- or simply Geraldinho, is the son of Pernambuco’s sertão, a region rich in creativity, located in the heart of northeastern Brazil.
It was in this corner of the world that the rhythm that rocked the poet's childhood was born - the forró, genre that was the basis of the musicality of Geraldinho from his childhood days, as they say with the old and good Northeastern accent. In his early adolescence, he moved to the capital Recife, and when he reached the sea, Geraldinho plunged deeply into the coastal culture of Frevo, Maracatu and Caboclinhos. It was a time of living “à flor da pele”, name of the first band that the composer created along with friends from high school. The Flor da Pele band marked the student scene of the 90s and was Geraldinho's entrance to the professional scenario. Then, to gain experience and live the practical side of being an artist, he took the road alongside Quenga de Coco Band and won the sympathy of an increasingly captive and passionate audience. So, with the struggle of the road life, his solo journey began, at the turn of the millennium.
Over the last 28 years, Geraldinho has set up his career recording more than 15 CDs, singing in hundreds of festivals and events in several cities in Brazil and Europe and is starting to produce his 4th DVD. With an agenda of constant annual shows, the artist keeps moving on from São João to Carnival, chamirng all types of people who want to live their roots in the Northeast. Geraldinho is now on the road of the world - as every artist should be.
O Preto - Recife
A restless and innovative artist. This is how Beto Farias, or simply O Preto, can be defined. Born in Camaragibe, city of the Metropolitan Region of Recife, O Preto is seen as one of the promises of the current scene of the recifense music. Múltiplo, Preto stands out as a singer, musician, composer, cultural agitator and art educator.
Although the project came about in 2014, the contact with the music is much earlier. Preto, as a musician, has his trajectory marked by the passage in the Laboratory of Artistic Intervention - 2006, in the Staccato Band, later in 2009 he integrated the Project of Forró Pé de Serra Xamego Urbano, with this group made several presentations, the main ones were: Psiu! Forró Festival (Berlin-Germany) with a Forró Pé de Serra show; 14th National Festival of Forró de Itaúnas (ES- Espirito Santo); Feast of the patron saint of (Camaragibe / PE) main stage; FENEARC (Handicrafts Business Fair (Camaragibe / PE) 2013, Forró dos Namorados, (Jaboatão Dos Guararapes - PE), Launching of the Popular Education in Health Program Torre Malakoff (Recife - PE), and now launches solo career. O Preto is part of the artistic world with his work as an art educator recently, O Preto performed at FENEARC in 2016 and again at Psiu! Forró Festival 2017 (Berlin - Germany) and also at the Brotfabrik (Frankfurt - Germany), UfaFabrik - Internationales Kultur Centrum (Berlin - Germany) alongside Geraldinho Lins and Luizinho de Serra, show at the Multicultural Carnival in the city of Camaragibe, São João de Camaragibe (main stage), Carnival Multicultural (main stage) Camaragibe - PE 2017/2018; São João 2017 of Nazaré da Mata - PE (main stage) participations; Shopping Plaza - Nádia Maia; with Raphael Moura, São João de Caruaru - Benil Ramos, both events in 2017.
Currently, he is the national representative of Psiu! Forró Festival and Samba Treffen, both in Berlin - Germany. With the proposal of a "plural musicality" O Preto explores rhythms such as pop, ballad, forró, afoxé, frevo, ciranda, carimbó and reggae.
Raphael Moura - Recife
- The new harvest of the Romantic Forró.
Paulo Raphael Gomes de Moura, or Raphael Moura. This is the name of the newest revelation of the quality romantic forró that appears in the festivals of the cities of Brazil. Poet, singer and composer, with voice, feeling and presence of outstanding stage. He has won a great audience in his concerts, with the hit of his composition "Tudo que eu queria", which has already reached the whole world both in his voice and in the voices of the country duo Maycon and Vinícius, being the soundtrack of the soap opera SBT "Carinha de Anjo", other important voices in the national and international scene, like Raimundo Fagner, Wesley Safadão, Avine Viny, Santanna O Cantador, Luan Estilizado, Fabio Carneirinho, among others.
Even with a short career, about 3 years in the artistic scene, Raphael Moura is being considered by critics and some renowned forbigmen as the new promise of the forró with a good load of romanticism in his beautiful compositions. The youth has already adopted this poet singer, with a soft voice and remarkable presence as an important attraction for the festivities. In 2017, Raphael Moura launched the "Tudo que eu Queria" CD, which was a success in sales and record auditions in the internet and social media, where, after a few hours of audio and video, it reached a record reach of more of ten thousand views / hour. It is to see, to believe, Poetinha, as he likes to be called, has taken a lot of joy to these passionate people who like good music and good forró.
DJ Dufole - Lisbon
DJ Dufole got to know forró in the year 2000 in the Northeast of Brazil, and at the same time he keeps tracking the movement of the forró universitário from Southeastern Brazil. Through these years he has been researching about the traditional forró pé de serra. Having influences from Luiz Gonzaga, Marinês and Dominguinhos, he likes a cheerful and balanced forró and passionate xotes for the audience to dance. He prefers songs that show the northeastern sertão (backwoods), their livings and the nostalgia from those who migrate.
Currently he has also a project of Afro-Brazilian rhythms and another of traditional music from Portuguese-speaking countries.