Samba is an Afro-Brazilian drum, song and dance tradition from Bahia (northeastern Brazil) that was urbanized in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Pagode is a Carnival form.
Afro Latin Jazz Alliance Tambor Tuesdays features People of Earth, Mambembe, and Kikiriki Biquey playing Salsa/Timba and Samba/Reggae at Drom in the East Village on Tue, Dec 21 at 8pm (7pm doors). $10. 🇨🇺🇧🇷
Luan Barbosa’s Roda de Samba plays Brazilian Samba and Pagode at Drom in the East Village on Sun, Oct 3 at 7:30pm. (6:30pm doors). $20. 🇧🇷
BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 7pm
Friday-Saturday, July 9-10, 2021, 6pm
May 25, 2021
Samba Festivals NYC
Brasil Summerfest isn’t a samba festival, but presents a lot of samba and music that derives from samba.
Samba New York City
SOB’s Sounds of Brazil isn’t a samba club, but hosts samba events.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
The Town Hall
The Brazilian samba star and actor visits with a friend. Anat Cohen & Choro Aventuroso open.
FLATIRON, UNION SQUARE, EAST VILLAGE, NYC | Sat, May 18, 2019 | Dance parade & festival | African, Bolivian, Brazilian, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Mexican, Panamanian, Puerto Rican & Spanish dances
Saturday, March 23, 2019
HARLEM, NYC ~ The Curtis Brothers map the rhythms of the slave trade. Circa ’95 raps in Spanglish about what happened once we landed in El Barrio. For the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) and Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: the Making of America festival. At Harlem Stage
FLATIRON, UNION SQUARE, VILLAGE, EAST VILLAGE | Sat, May 19, 2018 | African, Argentine, Bolivian, Brazilian, Cuban, Dominican, French, Haitian, Italian, Puerto Rican dances and more
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Red Hook, Brooklyn
CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE | Saturday, August 5, 2017
Sponsored by Red Bull Music Academy
Central Park Summerstage, Nublu, NaturaBrasil, Brooklyn Public Library, The Archway, David Rubenstein Atrium, Joe’s Pub, Museum of the Moving Image, The Django, Hester St
Manhattan & Brooklyn
August 5 – 13, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
EAST VILLAGE, NYC: Flatiron District to Tompkins Square Park
A Child of Candomblé
Samba is purely secular now, but like most human culture derives from sacred traditions. Samba comes from the beautiful Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé.
In the 1930s, the Brazilian government decided to promote Samba to create a shared Brazilian identity. Today it is the root music of Brazil. In the 1950s and 60s, Samba and Jazz mixed into Bossa Nova, the world’s most popular music after the Beatles.
Today Samba is the root music of Brazil. Samba and Jazz mixed in the 1950s and 60s into Bossa Nova, the world’s most popular music after the Beatles.
Samba is completely secular now, but originated in the beautiful Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé, which blends Kongo and Yoruba traditions.
Baianas looking for work brought Samba to Rio de Janeiro. One woman in particular, Tia Ciata (1854-1924), kept Samba traditions alive at her house in Favela Cidade Nova. She was a Candomblé priestess (Oshun). To throw off the authorities who feared the drum, she would have Choro (Carnival music that sounds like New Orleans Jazz) played in the front of her house and keep the drumming in the backyard.
Everybody in Rio knew Tia Ciata. That’s important because even though men take the credit, it’s women who hold our communities together. That is still true today – even in the USA.
Candomblé is based on the forces of nature and the medicinal uses of plants. When Brazilian President Venceslau Brás (1914-1918) had a leg infection that wouldn’t heal, he turned to Tia Ciata’s medicine. She must have made some good medicine.
In the 1920s, looking for something to unite many different peoples as Brazilians, the government chose Samba and began sponsoring Samba competitions which evolved into Brazilian Carnival.
Samba and Jazz Become Bossa Nova
Samba is characterized by strong percussive rhythms, usually in 2/4 time, simple chord progressions and call-and-response vocals.
It originates in the 1600s in Bahia state, Brazil, the most African state in the country with the second largest African population after Nigeria. In the same way that Cuban son blends African rhythms with Spanish guitar, samba blends African rhythms with Portuguese folk music. It developed further in the escolas de samba (samba schools) of Rio Carnival. The first recording was “Pelo Telefone” in 1917.
Countries often use popular culture as a glue to build the nation. The Brazilian government promoted samba as a core element of Brazilian identity.
Carmen Miranda, the Portuguese-Brazilian singer and actress, popularized a romanticized version of Brazilian culture in the 1930s. It was the first time much of the outside world heard samba. People made fun of her act, but she was the highest paid woman in Hollywood at the time.
Samba has influences far beyond Brazil. Bossa Nova, the world’s most popular music after the Beatles, is a form of samba. Jazz gives and takes with samba. Catalino “Tite” Curet Alonso 🇵🇷, the great salsa composer, said he learned his style by listening to Brazilian music. Somehow it is all related.