The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2011

Rua do Vidéo: A Concert by the Group Abanda

(from Brazil's Casa Grande Foundation)

September 21, 1:00-2:00 PM in the Woodland Commons, UMass Dartmouth

Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Portuguese, and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture

Event free and open to the public


Created as an art program in the music laboratory of the Casa Grande Foundation, the group Abanda’s show, Rua do Vidéo, is an audiovisual production that sheds light on the street life and natural landscapes of a region of Brazil called Cariri, in the sertão (or hinterland) of the northeastern state of Ceará. The show draws on local popular culture of various forms, including its linguistic, musical and visual expressions.

Since early childhood, the band, Aécio Diniz (bass and percussion), Samuel Macedo, (electric and acoustic guitars), Hélio Filho (drums and percussion), and Rivaldo Sousa (percussion) promotes and experiments on the traditions of their region while incorporating new languages from other parts of Brazil and the various countries where they have toured, such as Germany, Italy and Spain.

Seated in an economically underprivileged part of the country, the foundation is a prime example of how serious and talented people can make much in society, even if what they can count on is less than perfect.

Casa Grande is an award-winning educational foundation that thrives on offering youth the opportunity of self-governance in artistic and cultural initiatives, such as drama and radio broadcasting, as well as in professionally assisted discoveries, such as service learning in the fields of archeology, anthropology, art, history, music and cultural tourism.

More information about Casa Grande is available at their web site,

A preview of the show Rua do Vidéo is accessible at

For further information, contact Dário Borim Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chairperson Department of Portuguese, U-Mass Dartmouth - Phone: 508-910-6609, Email: