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Looking for some upbeat samba music, don't know where to look

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Initial post: Feb 14, 2009 9:08:13 PM PST
Could someone please direct me to some good, classic, upbeat samba with as little maintstream influence as possible?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2009 3:34:32 PM PST
Marcos says:
Your post is a little vague. Are you new to samba? Are there any artists and/or songs and/or styles of samba which you enjoy?

Also you mention "with as little mainstream influence as possible". Do you mean to say by this that you are not interested in mainstream samba, as in the top names in Brazil?

I am not a samba expert. If you are just getting into samba I recommend Putumayo's Brasileiro and Samba Bossa Nova albums. I didn't know a thing about samba, and these albums not only had some great songs, but the liner notes had information about the history of samba, and about the artists in them.

Posted on Feb 17, 2009 3:28:58 PM PST
Are you looking for music for ballroom dance or for listening pleasure only? This would help clarify your question as listenng music and dancing music can be quite different in their form and function.

Posted on Mar 9, 2009 1:49:46 PM PDT
All the samba I've found thus far has a slower tempo and and I want some with a faster tempo but don't know which artists to buy.

Posted on Mar 9, 2009 8:58:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 9, 2009 9:01:54 PM PDT
Marcos says:
Heath, again you don't help us out much to clarify your original request by failing to list those artists/songs that you have heard so far and which have a style you are trying to avoid. Mind you due to the fact that Samba is dance music it is constrained to a particular tempo range to support its difficult and very physical dance. Here are two tracks I think are very lively. Please tell us what you think.

Jorge Araga~o: Preto, cor preta
Rita Ribeiro: Banho Cheirsos

I also highly recommend you listen to There is a Brazilian radio station which, if you listen long enough, you may find the music you are looking for. Batanga is free, and it has a skip feature which is bound to help speed you to the music you are looking for.

Posted on Mar 10, 2009 8:20:59 PM PDT
Have you tried "A beira-mar" by Beto Furquim (track 1 from the album "Muito Prazer")? It's available here at Amazon to hear and download.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2009 1:55:17 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2009 5:16:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 15, 2009 5:19:52 PM PDT
Go to and create stationS named:

Ciro Monteiro
Noel Rosa
Chico Buarque

These 4 stations should give you a good variety. Let me know how did you do. I'll come up with more names later. BTW, the names above should be on the WIKIPEDIA so you can find out more about them. These are major Brazilian musicians.

Posted on Mar 23, 2009 4:11:28 PM PDT
Heath, where R U?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2009 5:55:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 6, 2009 9:39:05 PM PDT
Rob Stoneman says:
I own around 50 CD's by Jobim and 25 CD's by Vinicius de Moraes, I'm working on my Joao Gilberto collection, I have around 10 of his albums.

What I have come to learn is just about everything Jobim did was a samba.

Jobim was doing sambas in the 50's when the elite in Rio had a tendacy to turn up their nose to that sort of folk music.

Jobim and de Moraes linked up with Gilberto in the late 50's to early 60's and the rest is history.

My input is everything about the samba is mainstream if it gets the heart going or the people up and moving.

I'm not an expert, but there's roughly two kinds of samba.

One is to play at the height of Carnival.

The other is to play in the off season, while preparing for the big festivities to come.

The music to play in the off season is more to listen to in the background, like music from the radio.

There was a whole industry in the old days centered around writing and recording music like that, which the young Jobim was involved with and cut his teeth on.

Music to play during the Carnival was more powerful, no staying home, lots of live music, dancing and making the scene.

The music intended for radio in the off season was an opportunity for the young Jobim to hone his craft.

Writing and arranging, producing and learning how chamber music works, but there wasn't a whole lot of money in it, even though Jobim was slaving away.

The experience was invaluable. All kinds of contacts.

In a lot of ways Jobim is the ultimate Circus Barker.

I feel the best kind of samba music there is are melodies that are not only fun and easy to dance to, they also have have a way of dancing around in your head as well.

First and foremost I'd recommend anything by Gilberto, I'm sure Jobim and de Moraes would back me up on that.

Gilberto came from Bahia, one of the poorest parts of the world, from what I've learned there's a religion born from that sort of suffering.

Anything that makes you feel more alive ought to be saluted.


Traditionally, the samba for the Carnival had a lot metal attached to it, the clang of the drum.

Musicians were known to play on street corners, until the Police arrive and kick everybody out of that particular end of the neighborhood because they were making too much noise.

By one account, Airto says when a group saw a Policeman coming they'd use their drums to signal the musicians at the other end of the corner to hightail it.

Herein lies Gilberto's significant contribution to popular culture.

Gilberto is responsible for softening the samba.

A beautiful man from a humble background, with a basic love and respect for life and a sensitive ear leaning toward flowers, poetry and cats, comes up with the idea to replace the clang of the drums in the rhythm hand for his nylon string guitar, and sumptuous chords on the fretboard of his other hand.

A true poet.

Get the bustle of the Carnival out of his ears in exchange for some peace and quiet.

Changing samba music forever.

Jobim and de Moraes had only been working a couple years together but felt very proud to be involved with Gilberto on his first recordings, culminating to being invited to come and play in New York with Getz on the Verve label.

That said, first and foremost I'd be looking for a very hard to find CD called, The Legendary Joao Gilberto The Original Bossa Nova Recordings (1958-1961).

If that is a little too hard to find, run, don't walk to buy a CD on the Atlantic Label called Herbie Mann & Joao Gilberto With Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Do not hesitate to purchase a CD with two albums on one disc called Joao Gilberto Amoroso/Brasil, it'll give you the shivers, some of the best singing caught on tape.

That's three good CD's to start a formative collection, a lifetime of fun built into them.

I have found from experience, the next four CD's to look for are by Vinicius de Moraes and Toquinho.

1. Sao Demais Os Perigos Desta Vida...

2. Toquinho e Vinicius

3. Toquinho E Vinicius O Poeta e o Viola

4. Vinicius & Toquinho

Nothing Vinicius and Toquinho did was pushed, they had music oozing from every fiber of their being, Toquinho continues to amaze everybody, and Vinicius is still around on one level or another.

A lasting living legacy built into a great body of work!

During the early to middle 60's a core of musicians from Rio decided they needed to go back to their grass roots and play in nightclubs, they have acoustic recordings with some of the best sambas on record.

Come join the party.

Look for these five CD's.

1. Caymmi Visita Tom ME - 17

2. os afros-samba de baden e vinicius

3. Caymmi & Vinicius No zum Zum

4. Vinicius + Bethania + Toquinho en Buenos Aires

5. Vinicius de Moraes En Buenos Aries con Maria Creuza y Toquinho

Pretty eclectic set of recordings.

For a change, I'd recommend a CD by Jobim with Miucha and her brother Chico that's a compilation called, Echos Of Rio.

One of the most enjoyable play list I know.

If you like relaxing symphonic music I'd suggest a 3 CD box set that have some albums Jobim made while living in America for three to four years in the late 60's.

During this time period Jobim lived and worked in New York as well as California, the albums he did retains a east coast meets west coast love affair.

Look for the box set entitled, The Prime Of Antonio Carlos Jobim.

If you want to get really esoteric, buy the DVD and soundtrack to the film, A Man And A Woman.

It has a sub plot about a french stunt man who goes crazy for the samba while filming locations in Brazil, it gives the love ballads for the film more of an international feel.

So there you go, that's around 16 CD's to kick start a collection and a little history to place a context for them.

My listmania for Vinicius de Moraes is a nice place to start.

I apologise if the CD's I recommended weren't enough to keep you dancing.

Rio is enough to sweep me off my feet.


Posted on May 23, 2012 7:07:21 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 5:12:23 AM PDT
melonmusic says:
Martinho da Vila, Dona Ivone Lara, Beth Carvalho, Jorge Aragão, also a great compilation if you can find it: "Brazil-Roots-Samba"
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