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“The museum of the poor are the walls of the home.” This is how Tia Dodô, the first flag-bearer to carry the Portela Samba School’s flag, aptly expressed the feeling […]


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Though samba is an invention involving many voices, throughout the decades, there has been a rise in samba culture of tutelary characters who are revered, even internationally, for consolidating and […]


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Heitor dos Prazeres was a restorer at the Ministry of Education’s Laboratory for the Conservation and Restoration of Historic Heritage Paintings. In this photographic essay, Carlos Moskovics goes beyond documenting […]


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Professionalization introduced documents into the lives of sambistas that hitherto had been foreign to them, such as employment contracts and corporate registration. At the other extreme, it also led to […]


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From the 1930s onwards, composing, playing and singing samba ceased to be a transgression and became a profession. Although they were still far from being on a level playing field […]


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Clementina de Jesus (1901-1987) began her career in Rosa de ouro [Golden Rose], a show created by Hermínio Bello de Carvalho that premiered at Rio de Janeiro’s Teatro Jovem in […]


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Heitor dos Prazeres is one of the fullest manifestations of the possibilities that opened up in Little Africa for Afro-descendant people to exercise their creativity and citizenship. Composer, singer, painter […]


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In February of 1922, the Oito Batutas [which roughly translates as the “Eight Conductor’s Wands”] (though there were actually seven of them, later renamed Les Batutas) did a 6-month stint […]


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Ernesto Joaquim Maria dos Santos (1889-1974), or Donga, faced a longstanding controversy over the authorship of “Pelo telefone”, which he registered under his name at the National Library, later including […]


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The first recordings of “Pelo telefone” [Over the Telephone] circulated a musical genre, samba, whose origin is disputed to this day, on a hitherto unprecedented scale. Although several previous phonographic […]