Rio, the samba and Mart'nalia
Lucy Duran travels to the Rocinha slum area in Rio, where she visits a music school where children are taught to sing and play samba. She also meets samba star Mart'nalia.
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.
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Slums of Rio de Janeiro
Lucy learns how people end up in slums and how they exist next to Rio's wealthy areas.
Children and Samba
Lucy visits a school which teaches young children samba.
Lapa, the cradle of samba
In Lapa Lucy learns the history of the area and how samba is coming back into fashion.
Lucy talks to a samba band about the samba revival in Rio.
Roots of Samba and jongo
Lucy is in search of the real roots of samba.
Razoes Africanas and jongo
Samba group Razoes Africanas talk about their research into the style of jongo.
Lucy is in a warehouse where one of the biggest favelas puts together its carnival float.
Lucy meets samba star Mart’nalia and asks about her connection with samba and Africa.
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.
Reflection on carnival preparation
Lucy reflects on the carnival preparations they have seen during the programme.