Brazilian Samba


Brazilian culture is derived from a mix of Africa, European, and its indigenous people's traditions. In its blend of races, languages, regions, social customs, music, and dance one can easily find the African influence. Traditional drumming and dance are integral parts of everyday life in Africa. Many such traditions which were brought to Brazil by African slaves are still practiced today. Although they have undergone some transformations, they have become an important part of Brazilian culture.

Of Brazil's many musical forms, the most popular and known worldwide is the Samba which is of Semba origin from Angola. The familiar and lively Samba is the country's national music and dance and can be found throughout Brazil with regional variations.

Our samba batterie is grounded in the following traditions:

  • Samba Batucada from Rio De Janeiro which includes the instruments: Agogô (bells), Apito (whistle), Caixa de guerra (snare), Surdo (bas drum), Tamborim (small drum), Chocalho/Ganzá (shakers), Cuica (talking drum), Reco Reco (scraper), Repinque (drum).
  • Bloco-Afro rhythm called Samba-Reagge from Salvador, Bahia: Repinique (drum), Surdo (bass Drum), Tamborim, (Small Drum).
  • Samba De Roda, a circle dance form: Atabaque (conga), Pandeiro (tambourine), Triangulo (triangle)
  • Capoeira, martial art: Berimbau/Caxixí (bow & gourd/shaker), Pandeiro (tambourine).
  • Ijexa, A rhythm both secular and religious from the Afro-Brazilian Religious cult, Candomblé: Agogô (bells), Atabaque (Conga), Shekere (African rattle).
  • Other Instruments: Gong, Nutshell rattle, Pau de chuva (rain stick), Wood Block.

The Brazilian Samba Batterie Members:

Tom Lowery
Peter Bertini
Joe Bryant
Ron Howerton
Alex Shaw