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NDL Presents: Black Lives Matter & Indigenous Sovereignty from the Bay to Bahia 

On Friday, March 11, Namorados da Lua (NDL) band, ManoMasa band and La Peña invite the community to honor the resistance and resilience of Indigenous and African communities from the Bay to Bahia. What better way to grow our people power than with celebration, music and dancing? 

8 pm - Ohlone leaders Wichacpiluta Candelaria and Anthony Sul will welcome us and open the evening with words, prayer and traditional songs. 

8:15 pm - Ras K’DJ set 

9 pm - ManoMasa band! 

From Rio, Bahia, Goiás, & California, this band of transfronteristas weaves together poetry & revolutionary, feminist & folkloric music from Las Américas. 

10 pm - NDL (Namorados da Lua). 

In addition to the Afro-Brazilian reggae, samba-reggae, rock and Afro-funk music that NDL is known for, we are inviting a number of special guests to join us on stage and share their wisdom with us: 

Ras K’dee (K’DJ) from AudioPharmacy band and Seventh Native American Generation (SNAG) magazine will DJ and perform as a guest MC. 

Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou and Jay-Marie Hill from Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost will speak about the Black Lives Matter movement and share a song from their recently released album, “The Revolution Has Come”. 

Black and Indigenous leader Van Dell will speak about her experience and the vision of Qilombo Oakland / AfrikaTown Community Garden. 

Latina / Chicana poet, capoeirista and artivista Kaira Portillo will share her poetry / spoken word. 

Please join us for these critical conversations while celebrating life, peace and love with Namorados da Lua! 


NDL @ Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz 

Tribute To The Olympics in Rio 2016 - UNIDOS DA BAHIA w/ members of Olodum & Timbalada, PATO BANTON w/ the Samba Reggae Drummers, NAMORADOS DA LUA - Bay Area's # 1 Brazilian Band, RIO SAMBA SCHOOL - Heavy "Rio Style" Samba 

Ariel Del Mundo presents: BRAZILIAN CARNAVAL 2016 * A Tribute to the Olympics in Rio 2016 *  

UNIDOS DA BAHIA with members of Olodum & Timbalada  

PATO BANTON with the Samba Reggae Drummers!  

NAMORADOS DA LUA -  Bay Area's # 1 Brazilian Band  

RIO SAMBA SCHOOL - Heavy "Rio Style" Samba / Batucada / Marchinhas  

Electrifying Feathered Samba Dancers  

Flying Capoeira Cirque Acrobats

Sacramento Carnaval 2016 w/SambaDá 

Sacramento Celebrates Carnaval 2016! 

Saturday February 13th, 6:00pm 

Danilo Portugal & Namorados da Lua 
Agua de Beber 
Mistura Brasileira Samba Dance Co. 
A special Samba de Roda & Percussion workshop with Dandha da Hora  
($15 – not included in Carnaval admission) 

$15 in advance/ $20 at the door 

For ticket information: or

NDL's Monthly Party @ La Peña 

Namorados Da Lua's monthly part at La Peña takes place Saturday January 30th!  
With special guests:  

Mangue Express (Chico Science Tribute Band)  

Mangue Express honors the legacy of Chico Science, visionary brazilian composer from Pernambuco that in the early 90's fused together, the traditional sounds of Maracatu, Côco and Ciranda with contemporary elements of Funk, Rock and Hip Hop. His music was a wake up call for Brazilian Youth at the time when most brazilian radio waves were streaming foreign music. His music still reverberates showing how harmonious the mix of modern and primitive can be.  

Maracatu Pacifico  

Hailing from West Oakland, Maracatu Pacifico is a community-based performance group that brings Afro-Brazilian maracatu music and dance from Northeastern Brazil to the SF Bay Area.  

Maracatu Pacifico was founded as Bateria Lucha and Maracatu Luta under former director Derek Wright in the early 2000s, playing at the huge anti-war marches in the run up to the Iraq war. The group was reborn as Maracatu Pacifico in 2012 under the leadership of current director Eric Hoffman, who has continued the group’s value for community and personal development through the study and performance of maracatu.

We will also be showing the movie
The Summer of Gods, a short film about a young girl named Lili who unites with her Afro-Brazilian religious ancestry on a summer visit with family to their ancestral village in rural Brazil. During her stay, she encounters Orishas (African gods) who help her find peace with a gift that has previously vexed her. The film is set in the Northeast of Brazil where Afro-Brazilian religious traditions remain strong. Lili's Grandma upholds Orisha traditions as an admired local priestess, but to ensure these traditions carry on after she passes, the gifted Lili is led on a mystical adventure of initiation through a nearby forest.

Produced by 
Eliciana Nascimento, an award winner film director and producer. She holds an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Cinema from San Francisco State University. Her short film The Summer of Gods premiered at Cannes film Festival, and has won five awards so far, including three of best picture. With this film, she reveals the beauty, culture and mythology of her people.

Watch the trailer here.

Right after the movie we will be having a pannel on black lives matter.

NDL's 2 Year Anniversary 

We are honored and excited to be celebrating our two year anniversary this coming Saturday at 9 pm at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. Our party is also the Official Afterparty for the NorCal Climate Mobilization. After all, the movement that plays together, stays together - so come party with us! :) 

Come for the panel, stay for the party! At 7 pm NDL and Bay Localize will be hosting a panel, "Climate Justice from the Frontlines," with social justice movement leaders from Black Lives Matter, Causa Justa::Just Cause, Idle No More SF Bay, Xochipili, and the Landless Workers Movement of Brazil.       

NDL at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz  

Namorados da Lua is excited for our first show in the U.S. since we came back from a month in Brazil. Mark your calendars for Sat, Feb 28, at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz: NDL is proud to be the opening band for Brazilian Carnaval 2015!
#NDL is back to Berkeley. This Friday in the cozy Satrry Plough. 
See you on the dance floor!

NDL is back to Berkeley. This Friday in the cozy Satrry Plough.

See you on the dance floor!

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