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By Nathan M. Walters, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last night's show at Teatro Rival, with partners Abayomy Afrobeat Orquestra and Makula Festa, marked a significant milestone for the  growth of both groups. Founded in 2009 while working together for the celebration of afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, Makula and Abayomy have increased awareness of African music for a growing population of Carioca party-goers.

Zé McGill, one of the founding DJs of Makula, recalls: "In the beginning, Makula used to have 20-30 people in the dance floor. But this year, for example, we played for a . . .

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