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 Sweden - Brasil
  A Bunda Samba School Göteborg
SAMBA RYTHMS
Director: Pedro Brito
Dance leader: Nadine Gneiser
A Bunda is one of the oldest, largest and most vital samba schools in Europe. Directed by an original Brazilian family, they have been performing at carnivals and festivals in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, France and Italy since 1984, and many of the 100 members have played or danced with groups at the Rio de Janeiro Carnival. In 2007 a delegation of 12 ABundistas took part in the 2nd International Encontro do Samba at the Cidade do Samba in Rio, performing together with members of Curicica and Monobloco, and also paraded through the Sambodromo among the 2500 participants of União do Parque Curicica, the final group appearing at the last night of the Carnival. A Bunda took an active part in the first three European Encontros do Samba in Uppsala 1986, Abo 1987 and London 1989, arranged and hosted the fourth Encontro in Gothenburg 1997 (with 600 participants from many different countries) and participated with a large delegation in the fifth Encontro in Villeneuve-Sur-Lot 1999. They play Carnival Samba within the Brazilian Samba Batucada and Samba Enredo traditions, but like every Brazilian Samba School, they have developed their own individual style, and are well-known for their high-energy output and for the dramatic structuring of rhythms and choreographies in stage shows, which also incorporate fire-eating, acrobatics etc. They also include elements of Samba Funk, Maracatú and other Afro-Brazilian music styles.

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