Ahead of their annual foray along the Ipanema beachfront with 80,000 or so following in tow and many more dancing on the sands, Afroreggae have come up with a different way of warming up their tamborins with a tour of some of the Grupo Especial samba schools. For anyone yet to experience the energy of the schools' headquarters, the addition of one of the most dynamic NGOs in Brazil to the musical bill is another good reason to head into the suburbs and sample a true taste of Carnival, adding in their repertoire of covers from greats like Tim Maia, Jorge BenJor and Seu Jorge.
The dates are as follows:
- 24 January
11pm - Escola de Samba da Beija Flor, Rua Pracinha Wallace Paes Leme 1025, Nilópolis.
- 25 January
11pm - Escola de Samba Portela, Rua Clara Nunes 81, Madureira.
- 26 January
6pm - O Dia FM kiosk, posto 2, Barra da Tijuca beach
11pm - Escola de Samba Vila Isabel, Boulevard 28 de setembro 382, Vila Isabel.
- 2 February
1pm - Feijoada do Grande Rio, Barra Music, Avenida Ayrton Senna 2850, Barra
11pm - Escola de Samba da Rocinha, Rua Bertha Lutz 80, São Conrado
- 3 February
1pm - Feijoada na Escola de Samba do Salgueiro, Rua Silva Teles 104, Andaraí.