From Rio de Janeiro to the World

Samba is Brazilian and world heritage!

Diffused among the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, the Roda de Samba descended to streets and spread throughout the world.

Roda de Samba is the most original method of playing samba, interacting with the public and feeling the energy of the drumming!


The Roda de Samba of Vando Oliveira

Keeping the traditions of his hometown (Rio de Janeiro), the samba wheel is one of the shows most requested by the public. 6 to 8 musicians from Vando’s band are selected. Where touches touch, sing and interact directly with the audience.

The show has an average of 3 hours. But, it can follow until the day dawn “as in the traditional samba wheels”.

Among the main instruments are: Cavaquinho, Banjo, 7 string guitar, Tantan, Pandeiro, Deaf, Repé de mano, Tamborin and Reco-Reco.

The Repertory?

There are no rules for the repertoire on the Roda de Samba. But some samba styles are better accepted by the public. They are: Partido Alto, Samba Dolente, Samba de Raiz and the Versos.

Space Needed?

The space for a Roda de Samba is totally flexible. It depends on the number of guests the contractor is expecting. The samba can either be made on the street, or in a small bar for 100 people, or in an arena for 3,000 people.

Minimum Limit of Musicians?

One more point that there are no rules. However, Vando Oliveira likes to maintain a level of quality and fidelity that Samba asks for. So in your case the minimum limit of musicians to make a good Roda de Samba are: 5


Born of the cadence of the terreiros, the Samba grew in the backyards.

In the beginning it was just a meeting to celebrate the African roots at Aunt Ciata’s house. Her house was the meeting place for culinary, sound and dance traditions. Thus the Roda was created, it promoted the exchange of experience, of knowledge, of synergy and it expanded to the other backyards, where it ended up meeting in Groups, later in Schools of Samba of the years of 1940 and 1950.

In the mid-1960s and 1970s, composers returned to the tradition of backyards. There they met to show their sambas, their batuque which promoted in 1980 a group of composers created in this good environment, with the applause of those who were already part of it: Candeia, João Nogueira, Nei Lopes, D. Ivone Lara, Wilson Moreira, Your Monarco, Martinho da Vila and more.

From the Roda de Samba of the backyards, the new generation appeared: Almir Guineto, Arlindo Cruz, Jorge Aragao, Mauro Diniz, Luiz Carlos da Vila, Pedrinho da Flor, Elaine Machado, Beto Sem Braço. The Samba was renewed by returning to its cradle!

To this day, the survival of various samba artists, be they composers, interpreters or instrumentalists, is due to this spontaneous cultural action called the Roda de Samba.

Gradually, the samba that were hiding in the inner terreiros and backyards of the suburbs, in the cloak of religious manifestation, echoed through the suburban neighborhoods, the hills, the world gathered crowds of lovers of authentic good old samba.

Respect the voice of the people



And do not forget your mission.



To convey the message, which came down from the favela and won the world.


Vando Oliveira.

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