Based in West Oakland, Maracatu Pacífico is a community-based performance group that brings Afro-Brazilian maracatu music and dance from Northeastern Brazil to the SF Bay Area.
Maracatu is a popular folkloric tradition from the area around Recife in Pernambuco, Brazil, with roots going back to the colonial era and the heritage of the enslaved Africans. Today, many maracatu nações ("nations") continue this tradition, acting as musical and religious centers for communities of color. In addition, due to resurgence in popularity of, and interest in, maracatu, many non-traditional groups have sprung up bringing the opportunity to play maracatu to more and more people. Maracatu continues to grow, spreading out to other cities in Brazil and across the world.
We use the traditional instruments of Maracatu: the alfaia (rope-tuned bass drum), gonguê (bell), abê (shekerê), and caixa (snare drum). Our dancers perform traditional Maracatu movements.
Maracatu Pacífico draws its inspiration from both traditional Maracatu Nações (especially Estrela Brilhante do Recife and Maracatu Leão Coroado), and more modern, non-traditional maracatu groups like Maracatu Badia and Maracatu Nação Pernambuco. We owe great thanks to these groups (and their mestres) for keeping this rich and powerful culture alive and for their inspiration, teaching, and example, especially to Pitoco de Aira of Estrela Brilhante and Nininho of Maracatu Badia for traveling here to teach us. Maracatu Pacífico strives to maintain the utmost respect for this culture, and we constantly work to deepen our understanding and improve our practice.
Maracatu Pacífico was founded in late 2012 under the leadership of director Eric Hoffman, with an emphasis on community and personal development through the study and performance of maracatu. Before that some of us played in Bateria Lucha/Maracatu Luta under director Derek Wright before that group disbanded in late 2012. Our community is a diverse group united by our passion for this music.
Absolutely Fabulous Musical Contingent Award - 2015 San Francisco Pride Parade
Maracatu Pacifico provided live music for the San Francisco Department of Public Health's float at the 2015 San Francisco Pride Parade on June 28, 2015. There were a total of 236 contingents and the SF DPH float was one of five groups to be awarded the "Absolutely Fabulous Musical Contingent Award." We were very pleased to participate in this event during an historic year for the LGBT community! A video of our performance and a complete list of Parade Award Winners can be found on the SF Pride Parade website:
BrasArte 1901 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, California 94702
Sep, 13 10:00 AM
Berkeley, CA 94707
Art in Nature Festival
Sep, 20 11:00 AM
Redwood Regional Park 7867 Redwood Road, Oakland, California 94619
Oct, 15 09:00 PM
Once again, we'll be accompanying the fabulous Dona Francisca for a night of forro and maracatu!
155 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Sunday Streets Berkeley
Oct, 18 12:00 AM
Cycle, stroll, dance, discover, skate and play in the streets! 11am to 4pm.
SF Dia de los Muertos Procession
Nov, 02 07:00 PM
Procession begins at 22nd Street and Bryant Street. For more information, go to: http://www.dayofthedeadsf.org/
Rio Doce Fundraiser at the Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, Berkeley
Dec, 05 09:00 PM
Come out and enjoy some fun music with good people for a good cause! 100% of the door proceeds from this event will be donated to the victims of the ecological disaster in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Your support is needed to ensure that better legislation and oversight around mining safety is adopted so this type of event is avoided in the future.
* Maracatu Pacifico
* Chico Science Nacao Zumbi tribute band
Maracatu dance class at 8:30pm led by Elisa Damini from Rio de Janeiro before the show begins!
We are playing at this show with Namorados da Lua! Namorados Da Lua, translated from Portuguese as “Moon Lovers,” unites Brazilian and North American musicians with a common love of creating positive music with a message. Come enjoy a wide variety of Brazilian music genres all in one shows at a local roots arts and social justice programming institution.
We are excited to bring maracatu to this year's SF Carnaval festivities! It's our first year marching under the name Maracatu Pacifico. We'll be contingent #42, marching with Oya Nike. The parade starts at 9:30am.
Please see the official SF Carnaval website for more details:
San Francisco Pride Parade with Instituto Familiar de la Raza
Jun, 26 09:00 AM
Maracatu Pacifico is excited to provide music for Instituto Familiar de la Raza at the 2016 Pride Parade. IFR provides health & wellness programs & services targeting the San Francisco Latino community. They are committed to addressing the most difficult issues impacting our community, whether that is HIV, violence, family disputes, trauma, or other behavioral & mental health issues. for more information about IFR, please visit their website at: http://ifrsf.org/
Dia de los Muertos procession in the Mission, SF
Nov, 02 07:00 PM
Dia de los Muertos procession
FICA Capoeira Studio, 2513 Magnolia Street Oakland, CA 94607
Dec, 11 07:00 PM
Grupo Samba Rio's Festa Fim de Ano! With Maracatu Pacifico, Batala SF, and Samba Rio pagode and bateria.
Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St, San Francisco CA
Feb, 28 09:00 PM
Brazilian Mardi Gras featuring Brazil Vox Sang Matiz Maracatu Pacifico
BANDA SIN NOMBRE sin-nombre.bandcamp.com facebook.com/bandasinnombre
$5-$20 sliding scale. Get your tickets beforehand here! There's a high chance of this selling out, given this epic lineup, so don't wait too long! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2978874
All money raised is going to support Loco Bloco, whose mission is "to promote San Francisco youth’s healthy transition into adulthood by engaging them in the creation and performance of music, dance, and theater rooted in Afro-Latino traditions. Loco Bloco encourages its youth to use multicultural art forms as a tool for their own empowerment and as a catalyst to help them overcome discrimination and bring about change in their communities."
Bar Fluxus, 18 Harlan Place, San Francisco, California 94108
Aug, 13 08:00 PM
Lan Lanh! with Maracatu Pacifico opening.
Lan Lanh has been around since the early 90's, when she founded the cult band "Rabo de Saia". Since then, she's been performing on stages all over Brazil, with famous names like Cindy Lauper, Marisa Monte, Cássia Eller, Tim Maia and Nando Reis. On her new label LAB 344, she's releasing her second solo album, the audacious "Mi", in which she ventures into the electronic music universe.
Official site: http://lanlanhlinks.wixsite.com/meusite
Opening act, local drumming heroes Maracatu Pacífico www.maracatupacifico.com
And Keepin it Rio, directly from LA , DJ Potira! www.djpotira.com
La Estrellita Cafe 446 E 12th St, Oakland, California 94606
Aug, 19 08:30 PM
Maracatu Pacifico (with special guests!), Mangue Express, and KZ and the Robbers
$10 at the door
Cumbia Cartel is bringing you some Undeground Maracatu this hot hot August. We got KZ and the Robbers to get your feet moving, Maracatu Pacifico bringing the big drums and dancers bateria style, and Mangue Express combining funk, hip-hop, and traditional Maracatu rhythms, with DJ Veesh spinning throughout the night!
At La Estrellita, the home of live Afro-Latin music in the East Bay.
DJs: Clay Grooves (Sounds of Paradise, Oakland) and DJ Veesh Spinning all original Brazilian Vinyl
Cumbia Cartel: Oakland Familia is a community of Cumbia/Afro-Latin musicians, artists, show promoters, and family members that came together in 2013 to bring you high energy, politically conscious, community oriented Cumbia shows with bands from the Bay Area and beyond. https://m.facebook.com/cumbiacartel/
Brazil Day & Lavagem at Casa de Cultura, Hearst & San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Sep, 03 10:30 AM
Maracatu Pacifico will be doing the opening procession!
Calle 24 Festival of the Americas 24th Street, between Mission and York streets
We love to bring maracatu to the community! In addition to playing events and shows, we also offer dance classes and drumming workshops. Contact us for more info using this form or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!