Top 5 Rodas de Samba do Rio de Janeiro

During these times of pandemic and isolation, we miss being in touch with loved ones. A delicious way to spend time with friends is to be in a roda de samba drinking a good beer. Thinking about these delicious moments we will list the 5 best rodas de samba in Rio de Janeiro.

5. Samba dos Guimarães
Samba dos Guimarães hapens every Saturday at Mercado das Pulgas, located in Largo dos Guimarães, in Santa Teresa. Every Saturday there is a different musical group, such as Samba do Xoxó, Samba que Elas Querem, among other excellent samba groups. The place is an old Santa Teresa house, rustic and very pleasant. This samba circle is a must.

4. Gloriosa
A Gloriosa Roda de Samba was born in 2014 after an initiative by Bloco Arteiros da Glória, in partnership with the musician Paulão 7 Cordas, an illustrious samba player and music producer. The traditional Roda de Samba is held every third Sunday of the month, at popular market-place of Gloria with the group of musicians from Bloco Arteiros da Gloria and led by Paulão 7 Cordas. Henrique Souza, founder of the Roda de Samba says that “promoting Samba Carioca in the territory as a vector for the economic development of experience tourism is one of the most important objectives of the project”. Doing what you love, with friends in a bohemian neighborhood of great importance for Samba is very rewarding. ”, Adds Paulão 7 Cordas.

3. Cacique de Ramos.
Carnival block originating in the Rio de Janeiro suburb of Ramos, in the Leopoldina area, having São Sebastião as its patron. Founded on January 20, 1961 by three families: Félix do Nascimento family (Bira, Ubirany and Ubiraci), Oliveira family (Walter, Chiquita, Sereno, Alomar, Jorginho and Mauro), Espírito Santo family (Aymoré and Conceição). One of the most renowned cradles of samba in Rio, Cacique de Ramos did not miss the tradition of the samba circles that launched great names in national music. In this mystical place, in the Cacique de Ramos court, under the blessings of Tamarineira, the roda takes place every Sunday at 5 pm and, on the third Sunday of each month, Feijoada is Sacred.

2. Samba do Trabalhador
Samba do Trabalhador, the traditional musicians’ circle, a movement already established in Rio de Janeiro. Samba do Trabalhador, which emerged as a meeting of musicians on Mondays at Clube Renascença, in Vila Isabel, taking advantage of the day when musicians normally do not work, became a party for an increasingly growing audience and interested in the true samba of the city. At the feet of Caramboleira, on the balcony of the Renascença Clube in Andaraí, rain or shine, the crowd gathers to sing the best sambas of all times, there besides the constant and illustrious presence of the master Moacyr Luz, consecrated musicians get together to others still on the path of success and everyone sings, dances and rejoices together. An environment full of positive energy, harmony and the joy of true samba de roda.

1. Samba da Pedra do Sal.
In order to preserve the memory of genuine 19th century samba – introduced in the port region by the Bahian diaspora – a group of seven musician friends has been meeting for eight years in the historic Pedra do Sal, always on Mondays, to praise, with much respect, the ancestry of this Brazilian rhythm that enchants the world. Located at the foot of Morro da Conceição, Pedra do Sal (salt stone) earned its name for being the place where the product, so precious at the time, was unloaded and which became a meeting point for the sambistas who worked as dockers. The entire region around Praça Mauá was known as Little Africa, due to the number of African descendants who lived there, many of them free from Bahia. According to reports, samba and choro lived in harmony in the parties that took place there, especially those of Tia Ciata, who even received Pixinguinha to play choro in front of her house to chase away curious looks, especially from the police, while the batucadas happened at will , in the back. It was from these musical encounters that the genuine samba de roda emerged. The tradition that started as a refuge for blacks, slaves or poor whites, has perpetuated itself through history and even today, in Pedra do Sal, the tradition of roda samba remains firm and the roda is democratic, there is no charge for admission, nor place reserved. Everyone can come, sing, dance or simply choose a corner, on the stone, on the staircase, to sit and take a trip back in time to the sound of the good old samba. Every Monday from 6 pm.

Roda de Samba da Pedra do Sal