Where is samba music usually performed?
While the Brazilian music scene has spawned many genres from bossa nova to Choro, samba is arguably the nation’s best-known musical export. Samba has long featured in the annual Brazilian Carnival, where it is performed by ensembles known as samba schools (or escolas de samba).
When and where is samba music performed?
Samba is the music that has a strong association to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The Carnival has been held every year since 1723 and lasts up to six days with over two million people lining the streets to watch.
What is samba music usually used for?
Samba is festive dance music and it is used in many types of ways. For example, it plays a huge role in Brazilian Carnival celebrations. Like Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Carnival is a huge party that takes over the streets in the week or so leading up to Lent.
What are the features of samba music?
Be aware of these identifying features found in samba music:
- vocals or brass instruments are added to provide a melody although samba music is usually played on percussion instruments.
- the agogo bell features a high and a low pitch.
- a range of drums are used in a ensemble, which create a range of sounds and pitches.
Where does the samba music come from in Brazil?
Samba is a local style in Southeastern Brazil and Northeast Brazil, especially in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador and Recife.
How can I find a samba performance near me?
To find a performance near you, check our events calendar. And to find a Samba group to have a go, try our Find a group tool. If you don’t see any results near you, do an online search or contact your local music service, as they might be able to point you in the right direction.
Why is Samba so popular in the UK?
It is the response of the black communities in Bahia that felt excluded from the movement in Rio. A lot of the Samba played in the UK is in this style, as Samba Reggae led to the creation of the Batala movement which is quite popular in Britain. Listen to the music of Ilê Aiyê, Olodum and Timbalada.
What do I need for my first Samba Session?
For your first session you will need comfortable clothes, a positive attitude and a decent set of earplugs – you will need them when the ‘bateria’ (drum section) starts to play! We hope you find this Making Music resource useful.