About Samba

Chicada @ FallsAlthough Samba is a rhythm predominantly associated with Brasil, its origins were initiated in the ancestral continent of Africa. It is believed that Samba emerged from a dance intended for couples among early African Americans however there is much speculation against this theory. Others claim the music style of Samba were developed and attained from another style known as the Choro. Nowadays, a typical Samba musical performance is accompanied by singing and dancing.

The term Samba is derived from the Portuguese word, Semba. The word is interpreted in a number of ways. For some it means 'to pray' whereas in Brasil, Samba also refers to a woman. The first documented reference of this word can be traced to a newspaper in 1838. Here the meaning of the word was 'rhythm and dance'.Chicada @ Falls

It was in the 20th century that Samba became recognised as a distinctive genre of music to Brasil, and in particular to Rio de Janeiro. This occurred as the Africans settled into port. At that time, the native dances of Brasil were considered inappropriate to the European settlers. Their influence over the authorities enforced the prohibition of the popularity of this style of music and dance. In the 1960s many musicians revolted and came to the fore of music popularity, restoring its value to the people. Since then Samba music has evolved to fuse with other popular musical styles such as bossanova, disco, pagode, rock, rap and the reggae.

Chicada @ FallsToday, these fun and lively musical compositons and dance styles continue to inspire and entertain people from all over the world. There are many schools dedicated to the purpose of embracing this unique musical style. Samba has also been portrayed successfully in Hollywood movies and by famous musicians including The Black Eyed Peas, Carmen Miranda and Michael Jackson.

Truly, music and dance can bring together peoples from all backgrounds; that is the beauty of Samba!