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After more than a decade hiatus, local Brazilian band Susanna Sharpe and the Samba Police will return to perform at Austin’s Carnaval Brasiliero on Feb. 28. The night of revelry, which is expected to have more than 6,000 festivalgoers, begins at 8 p.m. at the Palmer Events Center.

Austin360’s Spanish-language weekly publication, ¡Ahora Sí! interviewed Susanna Sharpe about her Carnaval roots and love of Brazilian music. Susanna Sharpe and the Samba Police will play authentic Brazilian carnaval music.

Reporter Liliana Valenzuela writes about how Sharpe, originally a New Yorker, came to love Latin American music. Valenzuela writes:

(Sharpe) Cuenta que cuando asistía a la universidad en Connecticut, escuchó un disco LP de Chico Buarque y “me fascinó la música, la lengua portuguesa…decidí, tengo que entender lo que están diciendo”.

(Sharpe) says that when she attended the University of Connecticut, she listened to an LP by Chico Buarque and “the music, the Portuguese language fascinated me…I decided that I had to understand what they were saying.”

Check out Valenzuela’s full interview here.

Carnaval will also feature Austin’s own traditional Rio-style Samba School, the Acadêmicos da Ópera, a locally-based group of 40 drummers and 40 dancers. This year the group, which dones elaborate costumes, will perform a show based on the concept of a circus with a Cirque du Soleil twist.

Carla Bossenbroek wears part of her costume while playing a chocalho during a rehearsal with Austin Samba School on Friday, February 18, 2015. With only a couple of weeks left until their big Carnaval performance, the group was working out last minute details of the show.

Check out how the samba school builds community in an Austin360 video by Austin American-Statesman videographer Kelly West:

Carnaval tickets, which range from $38-$45, can be purchased here or at local retailers including Waterloo Records (600 North Lamar), Nelo’s Cycles (8108 Mesa) and Lucy in Disguise (1506 S. Congress).