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The Samba de Roda of the Recôncavo of Bahia. ©Luiz Santoz / UNESCO 2004
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The Samba de Roda of the Recôncavo of Bahia

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Summary/Historical Context

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The Samba de Roda, which involves music, dance and poetry, is a popular festive event that developed in the State of Bahia, in the region of Recôncavo during the seventeenth century. It drew heavily on the dances and cultural traditions of the region's African slaves.

The performance also included elements of Portuguese culture, such as language, poetry, and certain musical instruments. At first a major component of regional popular culture among Brazilians of African descent, the Samba de Roda was eventually taken by migrants to Rio de Janeiro, where it influenced the evolution of the urban samba that became a symbol of Brazilian national identity in the twentieth century.


on this subject: Proclamation of Masterpieces 2005 - Element inscribed on the Representative list 2008

Place/country: Brazil
Series: 2008 Inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
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Credits: IPHAN, producer ; Ministério da Cultura Brasil, producer. UNESCO, co-producer.
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