This Saturday, February 23, Bateria do Instituto TIM will entertain the small revelers of Mini Bloco, a children’s pre-Carnival block of the Tijuca neighborhood, in Rio de Janeiro-RJ. The presentation will take place at Praça Xavier de Brito, starting at 10am, and should gather around 3,000 people, including children and their families. This is the fourth time Bateria do Instituto TIM is invited to play with the Mini Bloco.

The repertoire will be formed by children’s songs, samba classics and marchinhas. Children’s songs include “O cravo brigou com a rosa”, “Samba Lelê”, “Ciranda, cirandinha”, “Pai Francisco” and “Alecrim”. As for sambas, the repertoire will include “Tristeza”, a famous song in the voice of Beth Carvalho, and “Maracangalha”, by Dorival Caymmi. To top it all, the marchinhas will be “Mamãe eu quero”, “Me dá um dinheiro aí”, “Alalaô” and “Sassaricando”. The presentation will be closed with the classic “Cidade Maravilhosa”.

About 50 musicians from Bateria do Instituto TIM have been training since November for the presentation with the Mini Bloco. To crown such preparation, on 02/16 there was an open rehearsal for the goers of the Artur da Távola Municipal Reference Centre for Rio de Janeiro Music.

A novelty of Bateria in 2019 are the musicians themselves. Of the approximately 50 participants, 60% are reminiscent of previous years and the other members are new. In addition, a considerable portion of the current musicians – 20 of them – are people with disabilities. If Bateria was created as a project for deaf people, it currently also involves a large number of children, youth and adults with Down syndrome, blindness, autism or other physical and mental disabilities.

Rehearsals of the Bateria do Instituto TIM are held on Saturdays, from 10am to 12pm, at the Artur da Távola Municipal Reference Centre for Rio de Janeiro Music, in the Tijuca neighborhood, in Rio de Janeiro. Anyone can participate in the project, whether disabled or not.


Bateria do Instituto TIM and Mini Bloco in 2017


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