- Posted January 23, 2013 by
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UMA NOVA PARTIDA
-Those photos and video were taken on our fist ensemble event at a plaza of school. Though we couldn’t not inform the event will go on very much, but many students and teachers came and saw our performance.-
Today, I’d like to introduce my samba club, VENTO DE SAMBA. That name means “the wind of samba” and was given to create a new sensation at Kanda University. In 1960, a Franco-Brazilian film brought samba music and the Rio Carnival to Japan for the first time. It was the first time for samba to be known by Japanese. When you hear the word samba, what image comes up? Is it beautiful women dancing in gorgeous dresses? That’s great, but our club is not like that. Our samba style is Bateria which is a band of percussionists, so there is no dancing. Mainly we perform Batucada and Samba-reggae styles of samba music.
Our club was made by the keen desire of our leader, who belongs to the Portuguese language department at my university. He really wanted to create samba because we don’t have it, though most other universities in the Tokyo area with Portuguese departments do. Our band has only eight members, so we get along well though our ages are different. To get on good terms with each other, we made some rules. In Japan, we usually use polite expressions and honorary terms of address to people who are older than us but our rules abolish such language, so we call each other by nicknames which were decided on at a club meeting.
Interestingly, our members belong to different language departments: Portuguese, English, Chinese, Spanish and Indonesian. Only two of us had experienced samba previously, and I’m a beginner of these instruments. However, I enjoy playing samba music because it has an unique tempo. I play a Surdo, which is a bass drum that hanging by a belt from my lower back. It’s difficult to learn rhythm and harmonize with other members’ tempos, but we can get a great sense of achievement when our melodies fit perfectly. Actually, since I started the club, I really feel the pleasure of performing.
Our club formed on November 21st, 2012, so we are young band yet. However, we will do our best to tell people the enjoyment of samba and to make them happy with our music.