Musicians (sambistas) playing samba at Pedra do Sal. Guaraná and Brahma Beer on the table, percussion instruments on their hands, rhythm all over the place.
Samba on Mondays is a tradition at Pedra do Sal. The birthplace of Samba in Rio de Janeiro, it houses one of the most traditional Samba Circles (direct translation to Roda de Samba) in the city and attracts thousands of people (cariocas and gringos) Monday nights.
Due to samba, the place gets more crowded on Mondays than Fridays or Saturdays (which is an unusual fact not replicated elsewhere in Rio) and also gets flocked by street sellers.
Although street sellers enjoy the synergies with samba and the large crowd, they do not generally contribute in paying the musicians – which has generated requests online for consumption at specific shops that actually support the continuity of the original Samba circle.
Samba has its origins in Africa and in religious Candomblé ceremonies, brought by slaves to Brazil and Rio de Janeiro, it evolved to be an immaterial cultural heritage, now celebrated by most Cariocas.
Another interesting fact that may strike our Hindu friends is the name of one of the popular beer brands in Brazil: Brahma; Right on the table.
Listen and watch Roda de Samba Pedra do Sal here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xG49p_QFGg
Photo taken on 29/Aug/2016.