Axé Puro: Folkloric Music & Dance from Brazil


Ologundê celebrates the rich Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador, Bahia through a combination of music, dance and martial arts. In Axé Puro, students experience a diverse repertoire which includes the rituals associated with candomble, a synthesis of the Yoruba and the Catholic religions in which various orixas (gods) are invoked; the breathtaking capoeira martial arts dance; maculele, a warrior dance which was originally created in the sugar cane fields by slaves; and the exhilarating samba de roda, which can be traced back the semba of Angola.

Candomblé is a syncretic Afro-Brazilian religion that evolved as a means by which the African slaves were able to disguise their religious traditions under the banner of Catholicism. As with Cuban lucumi and Haitian vodun, Africans transposed the names of their deities, known as orixás into those of Catholic saints. The ritual is performed by drummers who play the sacred atabaque drums with rhythms that invoke the orixás. The dancers dress in elaborate costumes that represent the various orixás who have possessed them.

This dance originated in the sugar cane fields. Utilizing sticks and machetes (sharp, large knives), maculêlê imitates the movements of cutting cane. It is intricately choreographed to a specific dance rhythm. Today maculêlê is strictly used for entertainment, but during the Paraguayan war the discipline was used in battle.

Like maculêlê, capoeira is a warrior dance. This exciting martial arts dance,thought to have originated in Angola, is accompanied by the berimbau (a one-string bow with a small gourd attached) that is found in various guises throughout Central Africa. It is performed by two people at a time who use various strategies in order to trick their opponent. Capoeiristas employ acrobatic movements and extraordinary feats of strength and balance to further enhance their performance in addition to theberimbau, various percussive instruments are used as well as call and response singing.

Samba de Roda
Samba de Roda is a spontaneous dance that is characteristic of the city of Bahia. The call and response singing recalls its African roots and it can be traced to the semba of Angola in which the dancers “bump” bellies. In Brazil, this belly-bumping is called umbigada. A dancer enters the roda (circle) to dance only when he/she received an umbigada from the previous dancer.

Price & Info


Assembly Price: $1445

Assembly Two-in-a-Row Price: $1885

Travel Fee: $75 per day


Audience Limit: 400

Program Length: 45 minutes

Appropriate For Grade(s): Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, All Grades



End of Year Celebration

National Dance Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Youth Arts Month

Curriculum Standards

Curriculum Standards

Visual & Performing Arts


Technical Requirements

They arrive one hour in advance to set up. They need 2 mics with stands and sound and they need to know what the floor is made of.