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Resources and Links

Here are the lyrics to some of the songs we sing.

There are more videos connected to the rhythms we play on the Instruments and Rhythms page

Currently we're playing a samba reggae version of the song Blazing Horns. This was written by Tommy McCook, but here's a version by the Soothsayers that's good to listen to.

Other styles of samba...

Other styles of samba

Example of Bossa Nova:

The Girl from Ipenema by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

This is probably the most famous bossa nova song ever written. It's about a girl walking along the boulevard by the ocean in Rio de Janeiro.

Bossa Nova mixes samba rhythms with jazz chords and harmony.

This is Chorinho music.

This is a style of samba that is played almost entirely on melodic instruments (guitars, clarinets, etc). The samba swing can be heard very clearly on the pandeiro (tamborine).

This music is often very fast and rhythmical.

Here is an example of Samba Batucada. When people think of samba - this is often the style that comes to mind. Samba batucada is played at the Rio carnival by huge blocos (groups).

The music is  very loud with breaks and fast tambourim playing.

The songs sung by the groups are called Enredos

This style of samba is called Pagode (pagodgie).

This is samba that is played in communities, at parties and social gatherings. There is often a playful conversation in the song lyrics. Traditional pagode instruments include the cavaquinho (small guitar similar to a banjo), the rebolo (small surdo played on it's side) and the pandeiro (Brazilian tambourine).

Women in Samba

Brazil is a developing country. There is still a lot of inequality between men and women. This means that often women are less visable than men in music making, particularly in drumming groups that we see. 

This does not mean that women do not drum. They do, and always have.

Women and men play an equally important role in the music we play. We can play the same instruments with the same skill, we can all dance, sing and enjoy music together.

There are more and more women and girls playing percussion in Brazil today, and there are many all female groups to encourage young girls to play.

Here is the bloco Dida playing in Salvador.

Can you recognise which clave pattern they are playing?

Let's try these dance moves out when we're drumming!


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