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A few words about Samba

Samba is a document and a testimony of the era of the Brazilian people.

«Much more than a musical or choreographic genre, samba is a reference element of a vast cultural complex that emerges dynamically from it and returns to it. In samba lives knowledge that circulates...Reducing samba to the imaginary ground where the Brazilian joy of carnival resides is complete reductionism.»

Samba belongs to the cultural heritage of Brazil and is considered to have appeared at the beginning of the 20th century, as an influence of African culture.

In the 19th century, the word was already used to refer to the rodas dance practiced by Africans brought to Brazil as slaves, but it was only in the 20th century that the word took on the meaning of a musical genre, as it was only established during this period.

«Samba has had a long journey, it was not born as a musical genre, but as a place of sociality of the black population after the diaspora and post-colonization.» In this context, people gathered in this space to create, in society, «position of resistance and preservation of tradition». Throughout this process, along with candomblé and capoeira, samba «formed a trinity of black resistance in Brazil.»

«Samba has a didactic and methodological role in telling the real story of Brazil. The lyrics discuss 'blackness' and the vital importance of diasporic peoples to our cultural reality, as well as authentic peoples.»

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