Alayê is an Afro-Brazilian percussion, dance and song ensemble from Montréal devoted to the enchanting rhythms of maracatu, afoxé, coco, ciranda, frevo and candomblé.
The group was founded by Simon Poitras, a student of Latino percussions at CÉGEP Saint-Laurent, who fell in love with maracatu during a musical study trip to Brazil, and Emilie Guérette, back from five years in Brazil, Mali and France studying various percussion styles. These two rhythm devotees decided to join forces to disseminate maracatu and Pernambuco culture in Montréal, establishing the Alayê ensemble and bringing in percussionist, dancer and singer friends.
Two years later, the group consisted of a dozen percussionists, two singers and four dancers led by Amélie Nappert. In 2013 Alayê won first prize in the emerging artists competition at the Festival des Percussions de Longueuil and in 2014 came second in the Syli d’Or of world music.
In addition to original compositions, their repertory encompasses traditional pieces inspired by various maracatu nações (Porto Rico, Estrela Brilhante, Leão Coroado, Encanto da Alegria, Estrela Brilhante de Igarassu, Encanto do Pina, Cambinda Estrela) arranged by Simon Poitras.
In a spirit of sharing, Alayé invites you to discover Pernambuco’s rich traditions in a fiery show.