Day Four: Weekend Read – Samba by Alma Guillermoprieto

So Close You Can Almost Taste The Feijoada

I’ve found that flipping through the pages of an interesting book is one way to beat the Winter blues, and here’s a weekend read that will help you to look ahead and to look south to Brazil’s Carnaval season. 2017’s dates are February 24-28th.

The parties and parades in Rio, Salvador, Sao Paulo are the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work and expectation that makes up the fabric of their social and personal lives.

Mexican author Alma Gullermoprieto’s ‘Samba’ chronicles the day-to-day lives of the residents of Rio’s famous Mangueira favela. It’s an exhilarating account of her personal journey into a world not often viewed by outsiders. You’ll explore the culture and history of Carnaval from a participant’s perspective through her candid stories and anecdotes, and you'll gain a better understanding of the Malandro's roguish character, too.

Originally published in 1991, this book has become a snapshot in time, a profile of Afro-Brazilian musical culture, and an essential background for Samba and Carnaval.

Gullermoprieto has written for Newsweek, The New Yorker, The Guardian and the Washington Post, and she has a Chicago connection: In the fall of 2008, she joined the faculty of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago, as a Visiting Professor.

You’ll find ‘Samba’ in hardcover and paperback here.

Miguel de Leon
The Malandro Project

The 12 Days of Samba:

Day 01: An Introduction to The 12 Days of Samba and The Malandro Project
Day 02: Was Joao Gilberto a Malandro?
Day 03: Previewing Miguel de Leon's Annual Christmas Concert In Chicago
Day 04: Winter reading: 'Samba' by Alma Guillermoprieto
Day 05: Famous Malandros In Pop Culture
Day 06: A Cachaça Holiday Cocktail
Day 07: Seven Samba Stocking Stuffers
Day 08: Personal Notes: Samba Snapshots From The Malandro Project
Day 09: How To Dance Samba - Women's Version
Day 10: How To Dance Samba - Men's Version
Day 11: 100 Years of Samba and The Malandro Project
Day 12: The Malandro and 'The Lights of Christmas'

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The Malandro Project was recorded in Rio de Janeiro with saxophonist Leo Gandelman and MPB’s Leila Pinheiro to celebrate 100 Years of Samba and its iconic character, the charming, roguish bad-boy Malandro. A combination of cultural myth and historic fact, the Malandro’s roots can be traced throughout the history of Samba. The Malandro Project album will be released in early 2017.

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