percussionist and singer, Aline is a natural talent and a powerful
presence on stage. Born in Belo Horizonte, Brasil, her introduction
to Afro-Brazilian rhythms began in her early teens with capoeira.
In her group, Raizes Cordão de Ouro, she distinguished herself
as an able musician, singer, and a dancer in maculelê choreographies.
1999, she was introduced to Maracatu by percussionist Eder Rocha
from the band Mestre Ambrosio. Aline later went on to become an
apprentice to Lenis Reno, artistic director of Maracatu Trovao
Minas. In recent years Aline has played in the traditional Marcatu
Nação Estrela Brilhante do Recife, of whom the master
is the renowned Mestre Walter de França. In Carnival 2003,
Aline became the first woman to play snare drum in the Maracatus
of Recife. During her time in Recife, Aline was able to make the
acquaintance and work with many people in the city’s vast
musical landscape. In her hometown she taught Maracatu to underprivileged
children, and started a “Kid’s Baque.”
also a key member of Elefante Groove, a groundbreaking percussive
orchestra that draws influences from Brazilian and African rhythms
as well as modern beats and melodies. As a core member of Elefante
Groove, Aline played alfaia, and opened shows for, among others,
Jorge Ben Jor, Manu Chow, Otto, and Mundo Livre S/A. Her artistic
career also includes performances with the circus group Trampulin
and Spasso Escola Popular de Circo, both as a musician and site
animator. In Belo Horizonte she has performed on projects with members
of the group Uakti. IT t was in mid 2002 that Aline decided to move to Toronto
and found her own Maracatu percussion group. An able and gifted
teacher, she now leads the group as well as teaches the regular
In the short time that Aline has been in Toronto, she has worked
and collaborated with percussionist Allan Hetherington from Tasa
and the Escola de Samba de Toronto, and Rick Lazar, artistic director
of Samba Squad and the Montuno Police. She currently is the vocalist in a new project with Toronto's Nick Brownman Ali, Permatucoes.
|Aline conducting a baque of kids.
Aline with Mestre Walter