I love music and dance. I´ve said it before. It´s hard for me to keep them separated. Music has an effect on me. Don´t get me wrong. I don´t get into a trance and start spinning around. Neither do I put up a performance on the dance floor, Travolta-like.
I see dance as hearing with my whole body, not only with my ears. And for that, music has to talk to me.
I remember when my husband and I were living in the US and we were part of the Latin American Students Association ( I think it was called like that) at OSU. We were invited to a party at this Peruvian lady´s house. When we got there, we realized that we were actually participating in a "stage" performance of Latin American rhythms and dances. Everybody who was there (except us) had prepared a dance number. We looked at each other and our eyes said: that´s it, let´s get out of here, but someone said: Brazilians, dance samba for us. My husband was speechless. I was able to mutter: sorry, we can´t. Nobody believed us : What about Carnival? Don´t you dance to that? I thought: Oh, boy, here we go with this Carnival, samba, soccer, semi-naked women thing again. Stereotypes, sterotypes. I refuse to buy into them.
A lot of people think samba is what they see on TV during Rio´s Carnival Parade. The samba they sing and dance during the parade is one of the many forms of samba. It´s called samba-enredo(beacuse they usually tell a story in the song and all the costumes and floats etc are telling the story, too - enredo means plot).
There are other forms of samba. The word (as I learned during music lessons at school) originated from the African word semba , that means beautiful, enchanting, something that pleases and soothes. Samba can be very melancholic, and there can even be some chanting in it. There´s a form of samba that´s called a choro (weep).
I´d like to share with you what I consider the most beautiful form of samba, the samba-canção (samba - song). Its music and lyrics are by Paulinho da Viola, and the singer is Marisa Monte. Enjoy. Have a good Sunday.