Mayor Gavin Newsom and the City of San Francisco will declare Friday, May 18 2007...
The ceremony will be in conjuction with the Annual SFCarnaval Reception
Friday, May 18 2007 @ noon
San Francisco City Hall
Plan on coming in full Carnaval regalia with a previous Fogo Na Roupa
carnaval costume (preferrably Fogomorphosis) email metziquez@aol. com for further
All of Mestre Carlos' students and friends who wish to support please come
wearing red and white in solidarity with Mestre's work. Lets show the city how
many of us he impacted!
For our friends around the world... a short bio of Mestre Carlos Aceituno:
Carlos Aceituno’s artistic background encompasses various forms of music and dance study: Latin, Afro-Brazilian, Jazz, modern, and African. In 1989, he formed the award winning Carnaval Group Fogo Na Roupa; consisting of both a performing company and a Grupo Carnavalesco (Carnaval Group), Fogo embarked on what is now more than a decade of Afro-Brazilian parade, performance and promotion
The group’s repertoire has broadened through his strong 27-year commitment the study, training and teaching of Capoeira. Carlos is currently working with the leadership of his teacher, Mestre Preguica, a first generation student of legendary Mestre Bimba, the founder of "Capoeira Regional". In May 2000, he received the prestigious title of "Mestre", the first one achieved outside of Brazil in the United States.
Carlos Aceituno stems from a legacy of Afro-Brazilian dance and music culture, pioneered in the San Francisco Bay Area by Jose Lorenzo’s Batucaje. He continues to be a stalwart in the community with the consistent programming of annual travel study tours to Brazil. He has worked directly with such master artists as Jorge Alabê, Mestre King (renowned pioneer of Afro-Brazilian Dance in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil), Rosangela Silvestre, and the Bale Folklorico da Bahia.
While educating and encouraging others, he conducts annual study tours to Brazil with Fogo Na Roupa. These tours serve to enhance his knowledge of Regional Dance and Music Art Forms while keeping abreast of ever-changing popular trends. He trains children, youth and adults throughout the Bay Area and currently teaches at the Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco, and Citicentre Dance Theatre in Oakland.
Under his artistic direction, Fogo Na Roupa’s performance highlights include Bay Area opener for Brazil’s popular Olodum and collaboration with prominent Bay Area jazz ensemble, Mingus Amungus, opening for Carlos Santana. He also directed Fogo Na Roupa’s performance at the annual KMEL Summer Jam during the ‘96-’97 season. In 1999, he led Fogo Na Roupa in the opening of internationally acclaimed Brazilian recording artist, Carlinhos Brown, at the Galleria Trade Show Center in San Francisco.
Under his direction, Fogo Na Roupa has earned the grand prize of "Best Brazilian Contingent" in the San Francisco Carnaval Parade for multiple years. Additional Performances: Brazilian Independence Celebrations in San Francisco, the Afribbean Festival, Oakland’s own Carijama festivals, Chinese New Year Parade, and TV appearances on KGO, Channel 7.
We were deeply saddened by the devastating news of the untimely passing of Carlos Aceituno on September 27, 2006.
Carlos, you will be forever missed....