Glossary of samba terminology

Carnaval – Annual celebration throughout Brazil, similar to Mardi Gras in the United States. In Rio de Janeiro, samba school parades occur in the final days of carnaval. Escola de samba (samba school) – Community organization dedicated to samba music and dance.  Samba schools compete every year during Carnival.  Desfile (parade) – Competitive parade during Carnival.  Each samba school parade is comprised of many different elements:…

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Pandeiro Weight Comparison

Weight is one of the most important factors in choosing a pandeiro. Having a light weight drum can make the difference between practicing for thirty minutes at a time instead of stopping after five because of fatigue, or playing for a whole song or roda de samba before getting tired and having to stop. It can also be much easier…

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