Behind the beat: Brazilian samba

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While football is arguably Brazil’s most popular sport, the country’s national rhythm is samba.

When she walks she’s like a samba
That swings so cool and sways so gentle
That when she passes, each one she passes
Goes “Ahhhhh”
The Girl from Ipanema, Stan Getz and João Gilberto, 1964

Samba is a genre that encompasses a vast array of dance and music styles with complex lineage....

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