Carnaval Brazil: A Celebration of Brazilian Music, Food and Drink

A local organization called Cultural Cannibals will hold its “Carnaval Brazil” Brazilian party at the The Jazz Kitchen on Saturday, Feb. 9. The event will feature DJ Kyle Long, a performance by the I.U. Brazilian Ensemble, live Samba dancers, as well as popular Brazilian food, drink and appetizers. 

DJ Kyle Long, who has one of the largest collections of Brazilian music in the Midwest, will be mixing it up with a combination of Brazilian Carnaval music, Samba, Forro, Baile Funk, Axe Music  and more. Guests will also enjoy a performance by the talented I.U. Brazilian Ensemble. This 20+ member percussion ensemble specializes in the Carnaval musical style of Brazil, and is led by internationally recognized percussionist Michael Spiro, a Professor of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington, who has worked extensively in the Latin music field, performing on hundreds of records with several of the industry’s leading artists, including the Carlos Santana band.

Two very Brazilian recipes will be served at the party. One, called cachaça, is the official drink of Brazil. It is a cocktail made with cachaça (sugar cane rum), sugar and lime. The other, called Feijoada, is considered a national dish in Brazil. It is a stew made with beans, beef and pork and is a in many former Portuguese colonies, such as Angola, Brazil and Macau. Brazilian appetizers, soft drinks and juices will also be served.

A video presentation of the immensely popular Carnaval parades that take place annually in Rio and Salvador will be played in large-screen format. Carnival is without a doubt the single most famous holiday in Brazil. In fact, so popular is Carnaval that all but the most essential sectors of the Brazilian economy shut down for nearly an entire week as festivities take place around the clock, mostly in the coastal areas. Rio de Janeiro’s carnival alone draws several million guests each year, including many foreign tourists.

About the Cultural Cannibals Organiztion

Owner Artur Silva, a local artist who grew up in Brazil, says Cultural Cannibals was born of an interest in music and Brazilian culture. It was based on a cooperation between himself and DJ Kyle Long. From this, they went on to host dance parties in the local area, drawing crowds of several hundreds of party goers at each event. Their website sells t-shirts designed in a style that “cannibalizes” from both Brazilian and American influences. Hence, the term “Cannibals”.

Says Silva of the Tropicalia style, “The artists were liberally mixing traditional forms of music that they grew up around with what was going on outside of Brazil at that time. They were listening to Jimmy Hendrix or James Brown and the Beatles, and just liberally taking little bits of each and mixing it with these indigenous rhythms and music. The fact that they formed almost like a doctrine was based around this practice was really influential. Similar experimentation was going on in India around this time.”

  • Event Info:
  • Carnaval Brazil
  • Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 p.m.-3 a.m.
  • Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N College Ave.  Indianapolis, IN 46220
  • Tel (317) 253-4900
  • Website