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Ao vivo no Circo Voador, Rio de Janeiro

Monobloco
Taj Mahal

Circo Voador, Rio de Janeiro

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Taj Mahal

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Monobloco from the trendy Rio de Janeiro neighborhood Leblon got its name from the founders idea to record the entire bloco (carnival street group) with one single microphone. The Oficina do Monobloco emerged in 2000 from the workshops of percussion group Pedro Luís e a Parede (PLAP) and practices weekly at the Sala Baden Powel in Copacabana. Unlike most traditional blocos who limit themselves to pure samba, Monobloco plays a mix of various brazilian rhythms spiked with samba rock and funk.
Monobloco's pre-carnaval parties at the Fundição Progresso in the lively neighborhood Lapa attract thousands of cariocas. During the carnival parade of Leblon and the beach of adjacent neighborhood Ipanema the rhythm section, led by mestre Celso Alvims, includes over a hundred batuqueiros and the bloco carnavalesco draws a crowd of tens of thousands. Monobloco's third performance in Copacabana during the 2008 carnival featured 150 percussionists for an audience of over 150.000 spectators, more than twice the capacity of Rio's Sambadrome. The rest of the year Monobloco performs as a more conventional samba rock band, the Monobloco Show, with a dozen or two musicians.
Ao vivo, Monobloco's 2006 album (live, of course) is a must-have.

 
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