Favela Brass at Centro Cultural Carioca

On Saturday the children played at the Carioca Culture Centre in Rio city centre alongside the drumming group Balança mas Não Cai. It was the first time they had played outside the favela.

The trombone player is 18 year-old British musician Rowena Smith, who is living in the favela and teaching the children on a voluntary basis for the next six weeks.

Welcome to the project, Rowena!

(Click on the image above to see the other photos)

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Bindu Mathur

Bindu Mathur was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada and worked for 10 years in London as a TV producer/director, making science and history documentaries for the BBC, Discovery and Channel 4. She also made videos for international NGOs and has filmed in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America. Resident in Rio de Janeiro since 2007 she is the owner of the award-winning Casa Beleza B&B in Santa Teresa, where she lives with her husband and two children. She is a long-time collaborator with Favela Brass including making films for the project. Her children also studied at the project.

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