Maracatu Mar Aberto is an Afro-Brazilian percussion and song troupe playing Maracatu de Baque Virado and other rhythms derived from similar traditions. Translated to English as the Open Sea, the name represents the aggregated influences that have traveled from Africa to Brazil and onward to Toronto and beyond.
Founded by Artistic Director Alex Bordokas in 2010, the group is comprised of dedicated musicians and students who hone their craft with year round weekly rehearsals and classes. The group has played on streets and stages across Ontario and Quebec, including Kultrun, Just For Laughs, Hillside, Afrofest, Panamania, and in/future. The group regularly works with captivating lead singers Flavia Nascimento and Jerusa Leao to create a dynamic, engaging and participatory show with an infectious sense of joy.
On stage or in the street, they are rhythm, song and movement. A living tradition of Afro-Brazilian rhythm in a local context – not a folkloric representation- working collectively on the artistry and heritage that is Maracatu de Baque Virado.
Just For Laughs