At Brazilica: With Katumba

DSC04777“Get there early” Juliana had said “We’ll all be around Abercromby Square getting ready and that will be a great time for getting some good photographs.”

I’ve spent the day so far up in North Liverpool at the brilliant revival of the Walton Festival. Then early evening I get the bus into town, get off in London Road and walk across the top of the city centre to Brazilica.

Past the Bullring and the municipal housing around it.

Past the Bullring and the municipal housing around it.

On a perfect July evening.

On a perfect July evening.

Just perfect.

Just perfect.

Where Hope Street quietly waits for Brazilica.

Where Hope Street quietly waits for Brazilica.

Around the corner Brazilica is getting ready, as promised.

 

And here is Juliana.

And here is Juliana.

And the rest of Katumba.

And the rest of Katumba.

Getting ready.

Getting ready.

I came across Katumba just a few weeks ago at Africa Oyé, sent them the photographs I took of their brilliant performance, and have since met with Juliana to talk dreams and possibilities – more on that coming soon. This evening I’m here just to be a part of everything. The photographer in Katumba’s social enterprise gang, which also includes people from Movema and Capoeira For All.

Let’s have a look round.DSC04630DSC04640 DSC04641 DSC04642 DSC04644 DSC04650 DSC04652 DSC04654 DSC04655 DSC04656 DSC04659 DSC04661 DSC04662 DSC04663 DSC04664Time to brief the children from Capoeira For All.DSC04666 DSC04667Before we set off all the bands get time for a warm up, so here goes Katumba.DSC04668 DSC04674 DSC04675 DSC04676 DSC04677 DSC04679 DSC04681 DSC04686Ready now.DSC04691Time for Movema?DSC04693 DSC04695DSC04696 DSC04697 DSC04698 DSC04700 DSC04701Let’s go, Brazilica moves off!DSC04702 DSC04703 DSC04704 DSC04705 DSC04708 DSC04710 DSC04712 DSC04713 DSC04716 DSC04717 DSC04718 DSC04720 DSC04721 DSC04722 DSC04724 DSC04726 DSC04727 DSC04728 DSC04730 DSC04732 DSC04734 DSC04736 DSC04741 DSC04742 DSC04744 DSC04748Some friends are filming us.

Why not join in?

Why not join in?

DSC04751 DSC04752 DSC04754 DSC04755 DSC04757 DSC04758 DSC04759 DSC04760 DSC04761 DSC04762

Very impressed.

Very impressed.

Round the corner into Hope Street.

Round the corner into Hope Street.

DSC04766 DSC04768 DSC04769 DSC04772 DSC04774 DSC04775 DSC04777 DSC04778 DSC04780 DSC04781 DSC04782 DSC04783 DSC04784 DSC04785 DSC04789 DSC04790 DSC04791 DSC04792After this Brazilica goes down the hill into town. But, knackered by my two festivals day, I go quietly home, the drums retreating behind me as I walk away along Catharine Street.

A great day in Walton and at Brazilica.DSC04794 DSC04795 DSC04796See what happened earlier the same day at the Walton Festival, a great summer’s day in Liverpool 2016.

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