The Jazz Video Cafe

Carnival in Rio


About The Video

This background into the escolas de samba gives a glimpse into the eighth wonder of the world - the night the schools of samba down the main street in Rio. I went in 1972 when there were more escolas de samba than there are now. Each school featured a float with the featured singer in its center and hundreds of spangled, long-legged dancers and drummers in front and in back. To hear 700 drummers with snare drums of different depths and three-tubed shakers of different lengths creating amazing 7 against 4 polyrhythms was an experience no one can forget. - MC

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