Samba is an Afro-Brazilian rhythm from Bahia (northeastern Brazil) that was urbanized in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Pagode is a more rhythmic form used for Carnival.
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
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.
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
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.