On this unique 3-hour tour, explore the history and foot-stomping sounds of El Choro and Samba. Your guide will lead you through back alleys where Samba was born, to booming 19th and 20th century clubs where the genre became a national phenomenon, and to stages where you’ll experience Rio’s iconic rhythms live!
Brazilian singer Aquiles Rique Reis once said that Samba is, ”…classical music played with bare feet and callus on the hands.”
Characterized by fast and syncopated rhythms, improvisation, and counterpoint, Choro music is a genre born in Rio’s railroad and ship yards and behind post offices, where groups of friends gathered to play music together throughout the 19th century. A musical blend of European and African genres, with a uniquely Brazilian identity, Choro music captures the heart and soul of Rio de Janeiro.
On this unique 3-hour Choro and Samba tour, explore the history, foot-stomping, and hip-swaying sounds of El Choro and Samba. Your guide will lead you through back alleys where Choro was born, to booming 19th and 20th century clubs where the genre became a national phenomenon, and to schools and stages where Choro is played and celebrated today as an integral part of Rio’s identity.
You’ll begin your Choro and Samba tour at the Pedra del Sal, an old salt packing and ship yard in Rio’s port district. Pedra del Sal is home to an important Samba stage, where Afro-Brazilians combined African rhythms and sounds with bits and pieces of music across the world, and played and danced on the fringes of society when the genre was still discriminated against. Here, Samba was played and popularized, and developed into countless sub-genres — including Choro.
From Pedra del Sal, you’ll travel to Club Renacimiento (the Renaissance Club) in Vila Isabel district. Here, the great singer and songwriter Noel Rosa wrote beautiful Sambas and Choros extolling the bohemian, international, and intercultural Vila Isabel neighborhood — now home to the Samba Unidos School of Music.
As you walk through Rio’s music-filled streets, you’ll stop at one or several fairs, bars, clubs, and Samba schools to hear the Choro and Samba live. You’ll encounter musicians from 8 to 80, playing and sharing in the iconic music that defines Rio. You’ll have the opportunity to grab a table, order a drink, or buy authentic street food and other local gastronomy throughout the day. Tap your foot, get up and dance, and take in the rhythm of Rio.
*Note: Your Choro and Samba tour itinerary may change slightly depending on the day of the week. Your guide will take you to wherever the best Samba and Choro is being played.
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