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Rio, the samba and Mart'nalia

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 21 February 2009

As part of series of programmes celebrating the Brazilian carnival and its music, Lucy Duran travels to Rio, visiting Rocinha, which is Brazil's largest slum, or favela. Controlled by drug dealers, its 200,000 residents live in constant fear of violence. However, among all this, Lucy discovers a small music school where the children are taught to sing and play samba. She also goes in search of the African roots of samba, and meets a star of modern-day samba, Mart'nalia.

Music and featured items

26 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Slums of Rio de Janeiro

    Lucy learns how people end up in slums and how they exist next to Rio's wealthy areas.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Paulinho da Viola
      00:00

      Paulinho da Viola A voz do Povo

      Composer: Joao do Vale/Luiz Vieira

      Acoustic Brazil, Putumayo PUT234-2

    • Image for Nossa Bandeira
      00:03

      Nossa Bandeira MC Junior & MC Leonardo

      OST Tropa de Elite, EMI 5130022

  • Children and Samba

    Lucy visits a school which teaches young children samba.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Students of the Rocinha Music School, Rio de Janeiro
      00:05

      Students of the Rocinha Music School, Rio de Janeiro Flor amorosa

      Composer: Calado

      Recorded by the BBC in Rocinha, Rio

    • Image for Students of the Rocinha Music School, Rio de Janeiro
      00:08

      Students of the Rocinha Music School, Rio de Janeiro Aquarela do Brasil

      Composer: Ary Barroso

      Recorded by the BBC in Rocinha, Rio

    • Image for Déo Rian
      00:08

      Déo Rian Noites Cariocas

      Composer: Jaco do Bandolim

      Rio by Night, EMI CDEMS1488

  • Lapa, the cradle of samba

    In Lapa Lucy learns the history of the area and how samba is coming back into fashion.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Gilberto Gil
      00:11

      Gilberto Gil Pela Internet

      Composer: Gil

      Quant Gente Veio Ver

    • Image for Antonio Carlos Jobim
      00:12

      Antonio Carlos Jobim Ela e Carioca

      Composer: Jobim/Vinicius de Moraes

      Antonio Carlos Jobim e Convidados, Verve 8266652

    • Image for Casuarina
      00:14

      Casuarina Song 1

      Composer: Anon

      BBC recording made in the Carioca da Gema club in Lapa, Rio

  • Samba revival

    Lucy talks to a samba band about the samba revival in Rio.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Casuarina
      00:20

      Casuarina Song 2

      Composer: Anon

      BBC recording made in the Carioca da Gema club in Lapa, Rio

  • Roots of Samba and jongo

    Lucy is in search of the real roots of samba.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Razoes Africanas
      00:26

      Razoes Africanas Jongo de Serrinha

      Composer: Trad

      Recorded by the BBC at the Trapiche Gamboa in Rio

  • Razoes Africanas and jongo

    Samba group Razoes Africanas talk about their research into the style of jongo.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Razoes Africanas
      00:33

      Razoes Africanas Vou Pra Serra

      Composer: Jair Jongueiro

      Recorded by the BBC at the Trapiche Gamboa in Rio

  • Carnival float

    Lucy is in a warehouse where one of the biggest favelas puts together its carnival float.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Mart'nália
      00:38

      Mart'nália Nao encontro quem me queira

      Composer: Thiago Mocoto

      Madrugada, Biscoito Fino BF866

  • Mart’nalia

    Lucy meets samba star Mart’nalia and asks about her connection with samba and Africa.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Mart'nália
      00:43

      Mart'nália Pe do meu Samba

      Composer: Caetano Veloso

      From a private recording belong to the artist made at a concert in Maputo, Mozambique in November 2008

  • The cuica friction dum

    Lucy talks about the instruments which give samba its distinctive sound.

  • Mart’nalia 1998 session

    Mart’nalia introduces a song from the session she recorded in Mozambique in 1998.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Mart'nália
      00:51

      Mart'nália Pretinhosidade

      Composer: Mart'nalia/Mombass

      From a private recording belong to the artist made at a concert in Maputo, Mozambique in November 2008

  • Reflection on carnival preparation

    Lucy reflects on the carnival preparations they have seen during the programme.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Antonio Carlos Jobim
      00:57

      Antonio Carlos Jobim So Danca Samba

      Composer: Tom Jobim/Vinicius de Moraes

      Brazil: The Essential Album, Manteca MANTDCD201.

  • Demonstrating the Cuica

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  • Rocinha - Rio's biggest Favela

    Rocinha - Rio's biggest Favela

  • Casuarina perform at the carioca da Gema bar in lapa

    Casuarina perform at the carioca da Gema bar in lapa

  • Lucy gets a sneak preview of the drawing for the Rocinha carnival display in the 2009 rio carnival

    Lucy gets a sneak preview of the drawing for the Rocinha carnival display in the 2009 rio carnival

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