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Do you know how to ‘Sambar’?

Samba has began during the African diaspora, during the transatlantic slave trade when millions of Africans were forcibly brought to Brazil. The rhythmic and percussive elements of Samba have deep roots in African musical traditions, particularly those of the Yoruba, Bantu, and Angolan cultures. 

It began to emerge in the urban centers of Brazil, notably Rio de Janeiro, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It initially found expression in the marginalized communities such as favelas and Afro-Brazilian neighborhoods.

Samba became closely associated with Carnival celebrations in Brazil. In the early 20th century, Samba started to gain prominence in the Carnival parades, where groups of musicians and dancers would showcase their skills. The formation of Samba schools, such as Mangueira and Portela, formalized the practice of Samba as an organized activity within the Carnival festivities. The 1930s and 1940s are often regarded as the “Golden Age” of Samba in Brazil. During this period, legendary composers and performers such as Pixinguinha, Cartola, and Noel Rosa contributed to the evolution of Samba music, blending traditional African rhythms with influences from European and indigenous Brazilian music.

Samba has also served as a means of political and social expression in Brazil. Many Samba songs address issues of poverty, inequality, and social injustice, reflecting the lived experiences of marginalized communities.

Over time, Samba has transcended its Brazilian origins to become a symbol of Brazilian culture worldwide. It has influenced numerous musical genres and dance forms, and Samba schools and performers participate in international events, spreading the joy and vibrancy of Samba beyond Brazil’s borders. Overall, the history of Samba in Brazil is a testament to its resilience, adaptability, and enduring significance within Brazilian cultural identity.

Are you ready to learn how to ‘sambar’?

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