||PARAISO SCHOOL OF SAMBA
Moments after Brazil's victory in the World Cup final 2002, the Paraiso School of Samba were out in force at Camden Lock. Paraiso is London's newest samba school which was founded by Mestre Esteves da Silva and Henrique da Silva. They play authentic samba from Rio De Janeiro under the leadership of Esteves who has played with many leading samba schools including Mangueira, União da Ilha do Governador, Porto da Pedra, São Clemente, and Estácio de Sá. Watch out for Paraiso at the Notting Hill Carnival!
Check out their site at www.paraisosamba.co.uk
Watch a clip of the Paraiso School in Camden (3'12)
LONDON SCHOOL OF CAPOEIRA
Capoeira is a unique Brazilian art form that integrates a martial art with music and
song. The distictive musical accompaniment is provided by the berimbau, a musical
bow with a gourd resonator. Contra Mestre Marcos Dos Santos, who leads the singing
in this session, began studying Capoeira at the age of 8 in Natal. For more information,
have a look at their site www.londonschoolofcapoiera.co.uk
Watch a class at London School of Capoeira, Britain's first Capoeira School
established in 1988. (6'12)
||PEDRO MARTINS (Musician's Story)|
'I was born in the south, the Parana, it’s where the coffee comes from. After my mum’s breast milk, coffee was the first thing I drank. We shifted to Sao Paulo when I was three and I lived there ‘til 1985.'
Click here to read on and listen to some music from the funky Bossa Nova king from Brighton.
BOSCO DE OLIVEIRA (Musician's Story)
'I was born in 1952 in Belo Horizonte, a city in Brazil north west of Rio. When I grew up, the radio played Brazilian popular music, Samba, a lot of Brazilian ‘western’ music, a lot of Rock and Roll and the Bossa Nova.'
Click here to read on and listen to some of the percussion
||BOSCO DOES THE SAMBA
Brazilian musician Bosco De Oliveira chooses five key periods in the development of samba. First broadcast on Radio 3 in 1997, click on the 5 titles below to listen.
1: Origins - emerging from African roots, samba coalesced into a distinct genre in Rio de Janeiro. The samba was first recorded in 1917, in a number called `Pelo telefone' which included the words, `The chief of fun told me on the phone to dance with joy'.
2: Two Faces - during the 1930s and 40s, songwriters portrayed two images of Brazil, exemplified on the one hand by the subversive songs of Noel Rosa and on the other by `samba exaltacao', such as `Aquarela do Brasil'.
3: Bossa Nova - a development of samba, bossa nova was created by a
middle-class intelligentsia who fused Brazilian rhythms with
American West Coast jazz, creating an image of sun, sea and the good life.
4: Protest - in the late 60s and 70s, samba became the voice of social and
political protest in songs such as `Apesar de voce' (In Spite of You) - a message
from writer Chico Buarque to the president.
5: Up to Date - crucial developments in samba in the past two decades include
a rise in black consciousness and a return to Afro-Brazilian roots.