Brazilian Beat Festival Brings Grammy Award-Winning Artist Vanessa Da Mata

The City of Boca Raton presents Downtown Boca’s Brazilian Beat, designated as one of South Florida’s official annual Brazilian Independence Day Celebrations by the Consulate General of Brazil in Miami, on Saturday, September 9 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real. The event is
FREE and open to the public. This is the 6th edition of this annual event, the largest celebration of Brazilian independence in South Florida.This past May, Brazilian Beat was awarded “Best Event” by the Brazilian International Press Awards, the most prestigious recognition from the Brazilian community in the United States.

Promising to be a spirited evening, Brazilian Beat will feature live music, street entertainment including a Zumba showcase, a Capoeira circle, carnival dancers, samba drummers and authentic Brazilian food and cocktails.

Headlining the event is Latin Grammy winning songstress, Vanessa Da Mata, one of the biggest stars in Brazilian music today. Her highly anticipated performance at Brazilian Beat will kick-off her US debut tour. Born in Mato Grosso, Brazil, in 1976, da Mata relocated to Minas Gerais, and began performing in clubs, soon moving to São Paulo to continue her career. She teamed up with Chico César and wrote the song “A Força Que Nunca Seca” (The Strength that Never Dries Up), the title track for icon Maria Bethânia’s 1999 album, and soon was working on tracks for major stars like Daniela Mercury, Ana Carolina, and César himself.

She began her solo career in 2002 and her next album, “Essa Boneca Tem Manual” (This Doll Has a Manual) propelled her into the limelight, aided by the strength of the single “Ai Ai Ai.” Three years later her third
album “Sim” (Yes) won a Latin Grammy for Best Album and featured appearances from the
acclaimed pianist João Donato and American rocker Ben Harper.

The hit song “Boa Sorte” (Good Luck) with Harper reached the top of the charts in Brazil, South America and Europe. Vanessa Da Mata will soon release “Caixinha de Musica” (Music Box) on Sony Music, a live
DVD and CD of her best songs with new arrangements and also some new material.

Opening for da Mata will be Batuke Samba Funk, mixing rhythms from Afro-samba and
Brazilian big band with classic 70s funk. The goal of Batuke is to “Brazilianize” American
sounds, and “Americanize” Brazilian sounds in a perfectly balanced fusion.

The band is formed by several of Miami’s top Brazilian musicians including bassist and composer Diogo
Brown, and singer Mari Mac. They have performed with top Brazilian artists like Sandra de , and also James Brown’s legendary sax player Pee Wee Ellis. Their groove-fueled sound is influenced by top Brazilian and US funk artists, including Jorge Ben Jor, Earth, Wind & Fire, Tim Maia and Seu Jorge, among others.
All Main Stage acts are produced by The Rhythm Foundation, a non-profit cultural organization celebrating 30 years of presenting outstanding international music in South Florida.

Free parking for Brazilian Beat is available at City Hall (201 W. Palmetto Park Road), the Downtown Library (400 NW 2nd Avenue), Building Administration (200 NW  2nd Avenue), and other locations downtown where event signage is featured. For convenience, free trolleys will be available to and from the Mizner Park Amphitheater. Event partners and sponsors include the Consulate General of Brazil in Miami, SambaLa
Samba School, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, and AmericanAirlines.

For more information and event details visit DowntownBoca.Org , or call 561-367-7070 .