TNCC Presents Nego Gato Brazilian Music and Dance Ensemble

Published: October 17, 2005

The Mary T.Christian Auditorium on the Hampton campus of Thomas Nelson Community College brings to stage the explosive power of Afro-Brazilian drum and dance with the presentation of Nego Gato Music and Dance Ensemble. The performance will take place on Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public. This presentation is suitable for families with children.

Nego Gato Music and Dance Ensemble perform all varieties of Brazilian music ranging from Samba to Merengue to Pagode. The group has performed with Patti Labelle, at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center with International recording artist Daniella Mercury and has just performed with the Originators of Samba Reggae, Oludum, at the Celebrate Brooklyn Series and performed at the Lincoln Center August 25th in New York. Gato’s soulful compositions tell of his life growing up in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, his life playing Capoeira in the streets and his desire for more beauty and fairness in the world. Nego Gato appears through support of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour.

The work of Nego Gatobegan thirty years ago when the organization’s Founder & Executive/Artistic Director, was then a young boy performing the beautiful art forms of Capoeira, Orixa dance and Afro-Brazilian music throughout Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. In time, his reputation grew and he earned the nameNego Gato for his acrobatic springs and jumps. Mestre Gato performed throughout Brazil, Latin America and Europe with groups Tenda dos Milagres and Viva Bahia. As his reputation grew so did his travel and he soon found himself teaching and performing throughout the United States.

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