AfroReggae is a band from Rio de Janeiro that is part of the cultural organisation of the same name which works for social change within the favela communities.
The band’s live show demonstrates all the fervent energy from which AfroReggae was born. Since 1998 the band has toured within Brazil and internationally, with performances ranging from regular favela performances in Rio to supporting the Rolling Stones at their Copacabana Beach show. They have also played many European festivals, including performing to over 100,000 people at Piazza del Popolo in Rome and dates in Italy, France, Holland, Portugal, Germany and the UK.
Their album on Mr Bongo, 'Favela Rising', tells the story of Anderson Sa, lead singer of AfroReggae and a former drug-trafficker who turned his back on crime to reconnect with his community and form AfroReggae. The film, directed by New York journalists Zimbalist and Mochary, was short-listed for Film of the Year of the International Documentary Association and won Best Emerging Documentary Filmmaker award at the Tribeca Film Festival, both in 2005.
The groups debut album 'Nenhum Motivo Explica A Guerra' (or 'Nothing Justifies War') features Ty, Estelle and Manu Chao and was released in 2006.