The Consulate General of Brazil, Los Angeles – Cultural Affairs
Invites you to celebrate 100 years of samba!

Sunday, September 18, 8:00PM
Venue: Beyond Baroque
681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Limited seating. Reserve your seating: please RSVP: [email protected]


Join Brazilian American musician Beto Gonzalez, with members of his
band Samba Society, as they take you on a journey through 100 years of
samba history. Urban samba has its beginnings in Rio de Janeiro at the
musical gatherings of the city’s Bahian matriarchs who lived in the
region referred to today as the “Little Africa” of Rio. It was at one
of these eventful gatherings (attended by not only local musicians,
but also historians, journalists, and probably even some politicians)
that the song “Pelo Telephone” was collectively written, then later
“copyrighted” by the musician Donga, and recorded in 1916.
The song, labeled as a “samba,” was a major hit during Carnaval of the
following year and has since become widely accepted as “the first
recorded samba.”

The musicians of Samba Society will transport the audience through a
century of samba. Our musical timeline will cover batuque to the first
sambas at the turn of the 20th century, the golden era of radio in the
1930s, Carmen Miranda and Hollywood in the 1940s and 50s, Bossa Nova
and the military dictatorship in the 1960s, the rise of Afro-Brazilian
identity in the 1970s, the commercial success of pagode in the 1980s
and 90s, and finally to the designation of samba in the 2000s as an
Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Musicians include:
Beto González, Artistic Director: vocals/percussion/guitar
Simon Carroll: vocals/percussion
Bobby Easton: vocals/percussion
Katia Moraes: vocals/percussion
Fabio Santana de Souza: vocals/trombone/percussion
Emina Shimanuki: vocals/percussion
Willian Shimizu: cavaco/vocals/percussion
Colin Walker: 7-string guitar

Plus very special guests.