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Introducing: Samba at the Dawn of Modern Brazil

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We’re very pleased to invite you to check out our first multi-media venture in the world of education, “The Story of Samba at the Dawn of Modern Brazil.” Samba is Brazil’s iconic sound. And we wanted to find out more. We’re telling the story from the arrival of the first Africans in Brazil up to the emancipation of slavery, to the migration of Afro-Brazilians to Rio where the roots of samba flourished, and on to technological revolutions of recorded music and radio and winding up with the explosion of pagode samba in the 1970’s. And thus samba became indelibly embedded in Cariocas (residents of Rio) as their identity and likewise the sound of samba became how the world thought of Rio.

You’ll be able to trace our Timeline, listen to the original radio program  of the same name (produced by Marlon Bishop) and use our Resource Pages that will give you plenty of opportunities to hear more music, watch video, read more.

We hope everyone will enjoy this offering. We’re especially targeting high school and college students. Plus life long learners (in other words, everyone else).

We have an online survey (click Feedback on pages) and we hope you  take a few minutes to share your thoughts. This is after all a prototype and there are a lot more Hip Deep radio programs we’re thinking about making into programs like this. If you have any favorites, let us know.

If you are a New Yorker, we’re celebrating the launch of The Story of Samba at the Dawn of Brazil  this Saturday, the 28th with our friends with Samba New York! at their Samba Party at DROM in the East Village from 6:30 to 10:30. There will be a samba drum corps, samba dance lessons and a lot more. Hope to see you.

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