Sunday, May 13, 2007

Carlinhos Brown - Carnival Comes to Burjassot

The penultimate day of the superb 10db festival in Bujassot ended with a high energy performance for Carlinhos Brown and his 12 strong band.
During the day, the streets and Plaza Ayuntamiento were filled with crowds visiting a huge medieval market. Live geese wandered through the straw covered streets and stalls selling everything from handmade soaps to herbal teas and enormous bread loaves to jewelry and clothing to all sorts of food. (The Market continues today sunday13 May)

Then there was a free concert by the multi talented Re-Percussion on the Pati de les Sitges overlooking the Plaza.

Brown was appearing at the Casa del Cultura, at 10.30 sounds of the shore erupted from the huge pa system, and carried on for the next 15 minutes, until the large audience began whistling and slow hand-clapping. Finally the man and his band arrived dressed in fish headdresses and carrying tridents, and the show began. What a show! Brown and his band have incredible stamina, no one stopped moving for the duration of his two and a half hour show. He is a consummate performer and his band are tight and professional. He talks between songs to the audience as though they are his best friends and at one point late in the show he invited a small Senegalese boy onto the stage to sing and dance with him. The boy handed him a CD as he was passed back to his family. The CD was of his father singing, so Brown invited him up on stage to sing too and then told the audience they had seen a star in the making.

A really great night at the 10dB festival in Burjassot, if Carlinhos Brown comes your way this summer, go see him.

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