Founded in 1906, the Recife-based Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante is one of the oldest and most respected traditional maracatu groups in existence. The maracatu form is typified by percussive music and call and response singing featuring performances that are part procession and part ritual. Maracatu groups usually consist of up to 100 drummers, singers and dancers, although the visiting ensemble traveled with a smaller contingent of 15 artists. To augment the reduced scale and assist with community activities, Nation Beat, a New York City-based American and Brazilian group that incorporates maracatu in its work, traveled with the ensemble to all host sites on the tour. The presenting consortia members worked with their community partners to organize drumming and dance workshops, discussions, and informal social gatherings with the visiting artists, in addition to the public performances. The tour was Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante’s first in the United States.