Samba is a popular dance and music genre originating from Brazil, which has spread its influence across the world.
It combines elements of African and European music traditions to create a unique sound. Samba is often associated with the more well-known bossa nova genre, as the two styles are closely intertwined. Its upbeat rhythms and complex harmonies have made it popular among dancers and musicians alike.
The high energy beats and creative movements make samba performances truly captivating. Whether it’s at large festivals or intimate events, samba dancers can be seen wearing brightly colored costumes while they spin and jive around with incredible skill and grace.
The drummers also play an important role, keeping up the fast tempo as they drive the rhythms forward with powerful rhythms that gets everyone in attendance on their feet dancing along!
Samba evolved from a combination of African rhythms and European influences, notably from Portugal. The music is often accompanied by drums, guitars, percussion instruments, as well as wind instruments such as the flute or clarinet. Typical samba instruments include the pandeiro (tambourine), cavaquinho (a small four-stringed instrument) and berimbau (a single-string bow).
The two main styles of samba are traditional samba de roda and ballroom samba.
The original form of samba was a combination of rhythms found in many popular styles around Rio de Janeiro at that time. These included Maxixe (a type of polka), modinha (a sentimental song), lundu (an Afro-Brazilian rhythm) and batucada (percussion). This combination developed into what we now know as samba carioca, meaning the “Rio de Janeiro Samba.”
SAMBA ARTISTS AND SONGS
SAMBA ARTISTS : Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethania, Elis Regina, Cartola, Nelson Cavaquinho and Joao Bosco.
SAMBA songs : “Batalha da Vida,” “O Leãozinho,” “A Carioca”, “Academia de Samba”, “Crioulo Doido”, and “Choro do Morro”.
Moraes was the maestro of the Portela samba school for over 20 years, and is the first Brazilian to be elected as a member of the International Council of Societies of Authors and Composers. The singer’s songs were used in the soundtrack of the film “O Quatrilho” (1996), by director Walter Salles.
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