A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
NOVEMBER 2007: Toddler with drum
On a sunny Saturday in November, this little girl was taking some rest, while sucking on her pacifier, at Praça da Liberdade in Belo Horizonte. She must have been playing a lot on her little plastic drum. That day, a big parade was going on, in memory of the death of Zumbi dos Palmares on 20 November 1695. Late seventeenth century, Zumbi was the leader of a quilombo –a refugee site of free slaves and slaves on the run – and had become as the symbol of African resistance against Portuguese dominance. Betrayal resulted in his capture and death. The day is now known as the day of Afro-Brazilian awareness, and has become a holiday in many Brazilian municipalities. But not in Belo Horizonte. The little girl took part of a large percussionist group, composed of adults and children, from the countryside of Minas Gerais.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2007, 2015