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About Samba Mundial

Samba Mundial- the South Bay's award winning samba school, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to community participation.  Samba Mundial's dancers and musicians perform traditional Brazilian and African-inspired dances and play Brazilian percussion instruments.

The group always welcomes new dancers and musicians young or old, beginning or advanced.  Samba Mundial offers an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all of its members.


Students learn to perform the great breadth of Brazilian dances.  Classes include instruction in dances from Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, Recife and other regions of Brazil.  Popular steps inspired by samba, samba reggae and "Axe" music are also part of the instruction.


Students work in two main styles:  the samba batucada and pagode music of Rio de Janeiro and the Bahian-inspired samba reggae beats.  Bateria studies cover the agogô, caixa, ganza, repinique, surdo and tamborim.  Pagode students learn the tantan, repique de mão and pandeiro.  Bahian music is explored through the traditional hand drums, congas and agogô.  Experienced and novice musicians are invited.  Instruments can be provided.

Performing Group:

Recent performances have included the San Francisco Carnaval parade, Santa Cruz "We Carnival" parade, Redwood City's 4th of July parade, Santa Cruz Iemanja Festival, "Carnaval Nights" at the Portuguese Club in San Jose and Stanford's International Week.  Other events have included modern/contemporary dance pieces for the "One Minute Show" at Your Local Gallery in Oakland, "Works in the Works" and "Element-Terra" which is an interpretive dance project about the indigenous people of the Amazon.

The group is available for parades, festivals, corporate/private parties and many other events.

If you would like more information about our group or would like to book Samba Mundial for an event, please contact Bradley Hamilton at


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