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Afro Sambas

20. September 2019 @ 17:30 19:30

Underground Station Heussallee / Museumsmeile – Exit Haus der Geschichte

Afro Sambas - Mara Minjoli © Eric Engel - JazzTube Festival Bonn
Mara Minjoli © Eric Engel

Lightness despite tragedy!

The album “Os Afro Sambas” is a milestone of Brazilian popular music.
In 1966 Baden Powell (songwriter, guitarist) and Vinicius de Moreas (lyricist) combined the Brazilian Bossa Nova with African rhythm and the spontaneity and virtuosity of jazz. The album was recorded at a time when the music world was breaking down the boundaries between classical music and pop and East and West. Powell and de Moreas were even one step ahead and didn’t even start from genre divisions.

The fact that Mara Minjoli (vocals) and João Luís Nogueira (guitar) are now more than 50 years later occupied with the compositions of Powell and de Moreas and release them under the project of the same name OS AFRO SAMBAS shows how timeless their songs still sound today.
Freshly interpreted and rearranged, all eight OS AFRO SAMBAS songs are more than just a bow to their great role models. “Iemanya” presents itself as a tropical dance with hypnotizing vocals, while “Canto de Oxum” comes along rather catchy, but with wonderfully virtuoso guitar and “Labareda” combines fast-paced, playful percussion with jazz piano.

Even if you’ve never been to Brazil before, OS AFRO SAMBAS guarantees that you’ll be fascinated by this music.
Powells and de Moreas’ Afro-Groove is as accessible as it is diverse:
A dark feeling is always combined with a warm, uplifting mood.
Using the example of OS AFRO SAMBAS, it can be impressively proven that the mixing of the most diverse influences can produce something wonderful and new – then as now.

The line-up of OS AFRO SAMBAS is as international as the music itself.


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Mara Minjoli – vocals
Joao Luis Nogueira – guitar
André de Cayres – bass
Antoine Duykers – percussion

The band plays 3 sets of 30 minutes
Set 1: 17:30 to 18:00 / Set 2: 18:15 to 18:45 / Set 3: 19:00 to 19:30


As every year, the fans and audience are called to choose your three favorites. Over the duration of the subway concerts (23.8.2019 to 22.09.2019), the artists can be rated positively via SMS. The three bands with the highest approval ratings play at the Pantheon Theater Bonn on Friday, October 11, 2019.
The voting will be unlocked on Friday, August 23, 2019!

The JazzTube Festival Bonn is sponsored by SWB Bus und Bahn and has been an important contribution to the music scene in the Beethoven city of Bonn since 2012.

With the BONNmobil app, SWB provides the first mobility platform for Bonn.
You can not only take over the stops as start or destination (timetable information), but also your own location or the position of the new radius search “What’s here?”.
Use the Quick Start to change the map view and display all mobility offers from local public transport to rental bikes and e-scooters and plan your individual mobility chain – a system with many smart options.

BONNmobil – All in,  for contemporary mobility
Afro Sambas 1 . Afro Sambas 2 . Afro Sambas 3


SWB Bus und Bahn

Thomas Kimmerle


Underground Station Heussallee / Museumsmeile – Exit Haus der Geschichte

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