Samba, like all popular music, including almost all American and Brazilian music, has African origins. It began with the slaves to lighten the hard labor. In Brazil, it's always been more relaxed, to liberate energy. The samba emerged through drums and dancing. It evolved in Bahia and Rio de Janeiro and then spread. Samba is fundamental. In other rhythms you only do one kind of dance. But not in samba. It's much freer. You can dance samba your own way. The songs on this fantastic 1989 Luaka Bop collection go straight to the heart of the matter!