Samba is the dancing spirit and rhythm of life in Brazil. This Rough Guide features the best of old and new from the Afro-Brazilian inspired Mart'Nalia and underground artist Loop B to legendary sambista Alcione and superstar vocalist Marisa Monte.
Bonus CD: Ruivão - 'Introducing Ruivão'. If 36-year-old Ruivão sounds like a fully formed sambista already, it's because of the wealth of experience that this multi-instrumentalist has crammed into his career so far. Whilst working Lapa's top live music venues nightly, Ruivão's warm and welcoming tones can be heard voicing over TV and radio commercials for Coca-Cola and Guaraná. Ruivão cites his greatest influences as samba and Afro-Cuban music.