Global Spring: Samba de Roda 

A Celebration of Afro-Brazilian Culture 

Instructions for the audience and participants: Meeting at 17.00 by the Sibelius Academy information desk, Musiikkitalo 3rd floor, Töölönlahdenkatu 16C. The participants will be taken to the dance studio as a group. We will ask the audience to be present on time.

Samba de roda is the oldest form of samba originating in rural areas of Bahia state and it has strong african roots. Samba de roda is practised in a circle where playing, singing, dancing, and clapping happens. 

Improvisation and playfulness are very important in samba de roda. Everybody participates and it fosters a sense of togetherness within the community. Participants engage in social interaction and collaborative music-making, forging strong bonds and deepening connections among all its members.   

In this workshop the participants have a unique opportunity to experience samba de roda in a dynamic way by playing the rhythms with percussion instruments, clapping, learning traditional songs and by learning the basic steps of dance with simple exercises. We will end the workshop with a real ”roda” circle full of amazing energy!   

The teachers José Santos (Bom Cabelo) and Marjaana Markkanen have studied samba de roda and other Afro-Brazilian rhythms and dances during many years with the old masters in Bahia and elsewhere in Brazil.   

Lisätiedot: Eeva Hohti, 

Global Spring 13.-17.5.2024

Global Spring is an annual festival featuring students, teachers, alumni and special guests representing Sibelius Academy’s Global music programme. The global music studies embraces pluralistic, fluid approaches to sound, culture and identity, creating new hybrid musical spaces through intercultural dialogue and collaboration. This year’s festival has the special theme of percussion and rhythm. Expect a feast of inspiring concerts, workshops, and discussions that highlight diverse approaches to working with rhythm through the hands of performers from around the world, celebrating the diversity of our planet.

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17.5.2024 at 17:00 – 18:30


Helsinki Music Centre

Töölönlahdenkatu 16

00100 Helsinki


Free admission

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