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About the Band

How They Got Here

Brazilian Social Club is a vibrant and exciting musical group based in Nelson that brings the rich and diverse sounds of Brazilian music to audiences across the region. This talented collective of musicians has quickly established itself as one of the most dynamic and engaging bands in the local music scene, thanks to their electrifying live performances and infectious rhythms.


Led by visionary Bahian singer/guitarist Marcio Molinari, Brazilian Social Club draws on a wide range of Brazilian musical traditions, including samba, bossa nova, forró, and xote, to create a sound that is both timeless and contemporary. Boasting an international spread of musicians from Japan, New Zealand and Singapore, each member brings their own unique talents and influences to the mix.


The band’s infectious energy and passion for Brazilian music is truly contagious, making them a must-see act for anyone who loves music that moves the body and the soul. Brazilian Social Club has been invited to play in high-profile events Cider Festival 2022, Multicultural Festival 2023, and Fringe Festival 2023, as well as popular live music series concerts Jazz on the Village Green and NBS Live Lounge. The band has also played throughout the top of the South at popular entertainment venues Playhouse Cafe and Theatre Restaurant, The Boathouse, Red16, Kismet, Golden Bear, The Park Cafe Marahau and more.


Known for its engaging and interactive live shows, Brazilian Social Club has a knack for connecting with their audiences and getting everyone up and dancing.  With a strong online presence and a growing fan base, they are quickly becoming one of the most sought-after bands in the top of the South. Their live shows are always a high-energy celebration of Brazilian music and culture, and their recordings capture that same spirit of joy and excitement.


Whether you're a die-hard fan of Brazilian music or simply looking for an unforgettable live music experience, Brazilian Social Club is a band that you won't want to miss. With their world-class musicianship, infectious energy, and deep love for Brazilian music, this group is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who hears them play.

Behind the Band

The band works together day and night preparing for performances in order to make sure their live performances are in full harmony. Check out the faces that make up Brazilian Social Club below.


Marcio Molinari

Vocalist & Guitarist

Hailing from Bahia, Brazil, Marcio is highly passionate about bringing the beautiful melodies and rhythms from his homeland to the rest of the world. Self-taught on many instruments including guitar, percussion and singing, he plays an instrumental role in the success and musical progression of the group with his singular vision for the band.


Annabel Boyes

Tenor & Alto Saxophonist

There was no Brazilian music in the family collection when she was little, but the sounds in the classic jazz LPs led Annabel straight to the saxophone and she’s never looked back since. After many years playing in jazz groups large and small, she discovered the rich rhythms of Brazilian music several years ago and was stoked to find sax featured in many of the Brazilian bands. She brings her warm tone and lyrical style to Brazilian Social Club and gets a kick out of recreating this vibrant music.


Wendy Phua


A games music composer by day and "in-the-pocket" bassist by night, Wendy first fell in love with music learning the piano as a child. She later picked up the bass and got rather serious about it after delighting in the mighty sounds of Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, and Brian Bromberg. In Singapore, she has appeared in radio and TV programs, as well as played alongside Akira Jimbo (Casiopea), James LoMenzo (Megadeth), Mel Gayner (Simple Minds), Shaggy, Emma Shapplin and Riki Hendrix. These days, Wendy is busy in her studio producing music and sound design for online games.

Her music can be heard on and


Yukari Sasaki


Yukari started playing percussion instruments at the age of nine in the school brass band and has played a lot of music, from classical to jazz music. Later joined a percussion ensemble group, held their own concerts and participated in the Japan national competition.  While playing percussion instruments in a wide range of genres, she became fascinated by the presence of percussion instruments in Brazilian music.

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