Cabasa Carnival Arts was specially commissioned to create over 80 unique costumes for Afoxé Manchester, in partnership with Global Groovesand Band on the Wall. The designs drew influence from the traditional Brazilian Afoxé, which is a type of traditional street carnival, paying homage to its Candomblé (Afro-Brazilian religion) roots. The costumes – representing different Orixás (Afro-Brazlian deities) – were worn by percussionists, brass players, vocalist, dancers and volunteers.
Afoxé Manchester focussed on sharing deep-rooted Afro-Brazilian heritage with a community in a modern setting in an attempt to encourage the meeting of minds, whilst inspiring and invigorating musical and creative experience. The colourful, vibrant carnival-style drumming, dancing, and singing bloco saturated the streets of Manchester (as part of Manchester Jazz Festival 2009) with its uplifting energy. The participants processed through Manchester City Centre and finished in Albert Square for an exciting static performance for an audience of over 2000 people.