The Quilombo Space is a showcase of independent artists and cultural producers from Brazil’s urban periphery. In Brazil, the quilombo was a maroon community where formerly enslaved Africans and their descendents settled, and forged a new society, resisting their exploitation and dehumanization. Today, the term quilombo symbolizes hope, solidarity, freedom, and autonomy for subaltern peoples of Brazil and around the world. Quilombo Space is curated and hosted by Flávio Lima, director of Casarti, A Casa do Artista Independente, a cultural center that supports the arts in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. Join Flávio as he interviews the musicians, filmmakers, poets and artists who are changing the cultural landscape of Brazil today.

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Interview with

Rose Maia

Born Rosemary Vieira Maia from the peripheries of urban Rio de Janeiro, this singer/owner of a singular voice became interested in music listening to her mother singing fados and Dolores Duran on the radio growing up. During her teenage years, she participated in student music festivals. 

The challenges for survival led Rose Maia to search for another professional activity: she earned a degree in biology, so during the day she worked at a big hospital in Rio de Janeiro, and at night she sang in bars, theaters, and cultural centers. She met several musicians and songwriters who contributed to cementing her career as a singer and songwriter. 

In this interview, Rose Maia talks about her trajectory, performing songs she wrote with her partner Reizilan Cartola Neto. The shows, the albums, her new projects, and her main influences (like Elis Regina) are all covered in her laid-back conversation with Quilombo Space.

Previous Interviews

Rossandra Leone

"Rossandra Leone is a powerful figure in the fight for social justice from the periphery of Rio de Janeiro. Her talent as an emerging filmmaker is undeniable..."

Antônio Carlos Mariano

"Afro-Brazilian cultural manifestations and Latin America are all represented in the music of Antônio Carlos Mariano...."

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Interviewed by:

Flávio Lima

Flávio Lima is a geography teacher and songwriter who recorded his own album “Sinestesia,” the author of articles such as “Nos Quintais Da Casa Do Artista Independente,” and the books, “Memórias Da Grande Madureira” (Afro Museum Rio – UERJ), and “Subúrbios Cariocas Uma Deriva Contemporânea Sobre Nosso Chão.” In collaboration with Rodolfo Bertamé, he wrote the book “Diálogos Suburbanos”. Flávio is the founder and artistic director of the Cultural Center CASARTI – Casa do Artista Independente, and the founder of MAIS – Movement of Independent Artists from the Suburbs.