THE CARNIVAL BAND (2008 - 2018)
Rabo de Foguete started life in 2008 as a band playing Brazilian and carnival-inspired music, taking the model of the 'bateria' or extended percussion section developed by Rio bloco, Monobloco. The band's repertoire covered a range of energetic, contemporary and traditional music, from a few of our favourite Monobloco tunes to arrangements of other Brazilian songs we loved, whilst also reaching out to music that has the same energy. The line up grew to include percussion, guitar, bass, vocals and a brass section.
Marcus was inspired to start the band after spending 3 months working with Monobloco in Rio in 2007/08, and Rabo's repertoire included Brazilian favourites such as Nacao Zumbi, Tim Maia, Lenine, Mestre Ambrosia, Cidade Negra, Ana Carolina, Roberta Sa, Ile Aye, Clara Nunes and, of course, the irrepressible Samba de Enredo of Rio's Samba Schools.
Quite soon in the band's formation we started looking at ways to get the band back on the street, including the logistics of a mobile sound system that could support the melodic instruments and vocals. A community bloco, Bloco Foguete, ran from 2011 to 2015, extending the performing group up to 40 drummers, and Rabo started to develop themed shows around their repertoire, including Malandro (2011), Voodoo Hoodoo (2014-16) and an early version of Ulysses (2017).
The band has been on hiatus since September 2018, due to various competing commitments amongst members. There are no current plans for performing.
The player below is a recording of the band's last gig at Norwich Arts Centre in June 2018.
THE LINE UP
// vocals, guitar, percussion
// guitar, vocals
// vocals, percussion
// tenor saxophone
MOYSES GOMES - VJ MOU