With the program “Sounds of Brazil,” Samba Bom brings the audience on a journey into the five regions of Brazil by playing the music of each region. The program is a cornucopia of information about Brazilian history, geography and people, starting with the indigenous “Brazilindians,” followed by the influences of the Portuguese as colonizers, and the process of slavery from Africa. This presentation shows the impact of miscegenation through music, from the aborigines all the way to more contemporary musical fusions, such as the Afro-Brazilian Samba with American Jazz, originating in a style called Bossa Nova.

Utilizing instruments such as the cavaquinho, pandeiro and the berimbau, Samba Bom will demonstrate axé-music, batucadas, bossa nova, samba, frevo, chorinho and other musical styles. Using approximately ten students/people from the audience, the show culminates with an audience participation in a Carnaval style “Batucada,” a mini-percussion performance that is reminiscent of Carnaval!

Grades: K-12
Format: Performance
Teaching Artist/Partner: Samba Bom

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