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National Day of Samba: Best attractions in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo this weekend

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Every December 2nd, Brazilians celebrate the National Day of Samba. Profoundly linked to the building of Brazil's cultural identity throughout the twentieth century, samba is a universe encompassing a variety of dance and music sub-genres, each developed in a different part of Brazil. Samba de Roda (Bahia), samba rural (Rio and São Paulo's countryside), and samba-reggae (Bahia) are only some of them.

As for the so-called Rio urban samba, it was born from the multi-ethnical fusion of Afro-Brazilian, Latin European, and Arab music elements in the early twentieth . . .

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