Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra + Favela Brass

Here it is! The moment when the children of Favela Brass played together with the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra at ABCD restaurant in favela Pereirão!

The Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra are a world famous ska band from Japan, who are currently on tour in Brazil. They decided that during their trip to Rio de Janeiro they would visit the Favela Brass project, and not only do a workshop and concert with the children but also donate a trumpet, two melodicas and TSPO T-shirts. The concert and workshop happened in our local restaurant ABCD and was a huge success – as you can hear from the video above, the bands sounded great playing together!

Another great piece of news is that the TSPO will return to Rio for the Olympics next year and have asked us to play a show with them – our first confirmed show at the Olympics! So not only does Favela Brass link the Rio 2016 olympics with London 2012 – we now have a link with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as well!

Thank you ever so much to the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra for such a special day at our project and for our new instruments and T-shirts. We look forward to seeing you next year at the Olympics!

Thank you also to restaurant ABCD for hosting the event and providing food and drinks for the children for free.

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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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