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Samba lovers, Zeca Pagodinho comes to London

The Brazilian musician will end his European tour in the British capital, on the 14 October, bringing with him all the good vibes of the Carioca spirit that made him famous all around the world.


Zeca Pagodinho. Photo: Wikipedia

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Samba is a rich, syncopated rhythm, characterised by voluptuous dance moves. It finds its roots in Brazilian culture and it has become synonymous of Rio’s Carnival.

It originated in the early 17 century at Pedra do Sal and its name comes from the Angolan term “semba”, which means “invitation to dance”.

However, samba evolved during the years, becoming influenced by many different cultures, as its place of origin was a former slave market that later on became “a popular Afro-Brazilian meeting point”.

The uniqueness of Brazilian Samba music and dance lies in the fact that it comes not only from different African groups from Angola and Congo, including the Yoruba.

Around the 18th century, the African traits of Brazilian music also became influenced by the Lundu, the German polka, and the Cuban “habanera”, through their guitar and piano accompaniments. North American orchestras also added guitar and percussion instruments to samba.

Today, the samba dance is considered one of the biggest cultural expressions of Brazil. One of the most important samba players is Zeca Pagodinho, who won 4 Latin Grammys and will be performing all his greatest hits from the beginning of his career until the present, this 14 October in London.

Pagodinho began playing in his local Rio barrio in the ‘70s and debuted in 1986 with his self-titled album, which sold over one million copies. During the years he collaborated with other important Brazilian stars, including Caetano Veloso, Maria Monte, Gilberto Gil, Jorge Ben Jor, Martinho Da Vila, Maria Bethania and Roberto Sa.

Pagodinho started his European tour, holding concerts in Paris, Lisbon, Geneva, Zurich, Porto, Berlin and London. Pagodinho is very excited about the European tour and says, “It’s wonderful to be able to travel around the world taking our samba. It makes for a very nostalgic evening for Brazilians living overseas and brings the joy of samba and it’s rich rhythms to foreign lovers of Brazilian music. I feel it is a real achievement for the samba community as a whole”.

Zeca Pagodinho will play on Sunday, 14 October from 6 pm, at the O2 Forum Kentish Town, 9-17 Highgate Road, NW5 1JY, London.  For further information, please visit the Facebook Event Page

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