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Eastern to Host Brazilian Congo pop Band Berimbrown

Written by Julianne Bass

Berimbrown photo.JPGWillimantic, Conn. -- On May 2, Eastern Connecticut State University will host Berimbrown, the internationally acclaimed Brazilian Congo pop band, for a workshop and concert. The event at Eastern is  part of a 12-day visit to the United States that will culminate with Trinity College's SambaFest at Riverfront Park in Hartford on May 7. 

The workshop, providing an introduction to Brazilian history and culture centered around the music of African slaves and their descendants, will begin with a panel discussion at 4 p.m. in the Betty R. Tipton Room.  The concert will follow at 5 p.m., also in the Betty R. Tipton Room.  Both events are free and open to the public. 

Registration is $25 per participant and includes instructional materials as well as a light supper with band members following the concert.  The workshop for teachers is sponsored, in part, by Yale University's Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, with funding from the U.S Department of Education under HEA Title VI for international, area, and foreign language studies. 

Primary and secondary school teachers interested in developing strategies for integrating Brazil and its music into the curriculum who register for the workshop will receive .35 CEUs.

For more information or to register for the workshop/dinner, contact Eastern History Professor Joan Meznar, the local coordinator, at


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