Trem do Samba 20 Years

The Trem do Samba ( Samba Train) recently celebrated it’s 20th anniversary as a part of Rio de Janeiro’s historical samba culture which celebrate the “National Day of Samba”. The event which happens in December of each year, starts the Rio’s Central Train Station where the Velha Guarda (Old Guard) of all the samba schools such as Portela, Salgueiro, Mangueira, Vila Isabel, to name a few, board the trains along with the public who join in singing, dancing and playing all the samba classics. The trains then head to station of Ozwaldo Cruz in the bairro (neighborhood) of Madureira, the samba mecca of Rio where performances move to stages and rodas da samba all around the neighborhood well into the night. The event is free to the public and one of the most exciting attractions in Rio leading into the Carnival season. This coming year’s Rio Carnival Court featuring the returning member from 2015, King Wilson Dias da Costa Neto, Queen Clara Paixao, and Princesses – Bianca Monteiro and Uillana Adaes joined the in party at the Central Station to set it off.



Velha Guarda of Portela with President of Portela, Sergio Procopio

Trem do Samba - Portela

Carlinhos Pandeira de Ouro of Mangueira and the classic film “Orfeu”  “Black Orpheus”



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Video – What Is A Samba School?


A samba school, isn’t just a place to go to learn how to dance samba. The Brazil Show gives you a behind the scenes look at one of Rio’s top samba schools, Academicos do Salgueiro. A samba school is a community center that not only prepares for Carnival, but also provides activities and jobs for many of it’s community. The larger samba schools can have over 5000 members. In this video we talk you behind the scenes on the way to a night at Salgueiro samba school.

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Rio Carnival 2015 Starts today

Rio Carnival 2015

Today Carnaval begins!

Carnaval Parades take place over 4 nights, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The following Saturday is the parade of Champions where the top 5 schools make an encore. During the week there will be various street Carnaval parties called blocos, which can get up to 1 million people. As Carnaval is a nationwide event in Brazil, each region has it’s own unique take. Salvador da Bahia is probably the biggest Carnaval and for many, the best in Brazil. This year we are concentrating on the Rio de Janeiro Carnival at the Sambodromo and street Blocos, and hopefully next year, we’ll bring up close and personal to other regions of Brazil during Carnaval.

Tonight and Tomorrow’s schedules are samba schools from the lower division Group A. But don’t let that fool you, they are just as beautiful as the larger schools in the Special group. The first group starts at 9PM at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro

1. Unidos de Bangu  9PM

2. Em Cima da Hora

3. Imperio Serrano

4. Paraiso do Tuiuti

5. Uniao do Parque Curicica ( With Brazil Magazine cover model Nanda Guimaraes)

6. Porto da Pedra

7. Caprichosos

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Salgueiro Samba School 2007 “Candaces”

A look at the past from Salgueiro Samba School 2007 and their theme of “Candaces” featuring Rainha da Bateria, Gracyanne Barbosa. From a webisode of “the Brazil Show” with Osiris Nascimento, Leticia Martins Pereira and Mariana Dias

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Brazil Magazine New Issue with Nanda Guimaraes



Brazil Magazine Issue #10 is available for download to iPad, iPhone and iPad Touch from then Apple Store Newsstand.

Cover featuring Nanda Guimaraes in a hot photoshoot on Praia do Grumari, articles featuring Brazil After the Election, Healthy Drinks, Music: Racionais MCs, Travel Gadgets and more!

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