|Samba is a generic type of Brazilian dance and music. This includes group, couple, and solo dances in two/four time with a syncopated musical or percussive accompaniment. Brazil is seen as the birth place of the Samba but the roots of the music show a remarkable combination of African, Native Indian, and Iberian influences. The movement and dance of the Samba shows the African and Native Indian influence whereas the intricate harmonies and harmonic instrumentation originate from Europe. Though seen as similar to Jazz, Samba's development was not really influenced greatly by Jazz and this can be seen in the highly percussive nature of Samba and whereas Jazz tends to focus more on instrumentation.
Samba was seen as a unifying agent during the 1990s in Brazil and was the symbol of the city Rio De Janeiro which did most to unify the country. Even the 1994 World Cup had a Samba dedicated to it and it is call the "Copa 94." The 1994 FIFA World Cup, in which samba played a major cultural role, holds the record for highest attendance in World Cup history. Today's Samba was developed from an twentieth century Brazilian music called Choro. Both Samba the music and the dance have many forms many different styles, from the call response of samba de enredo, Carnival Music to samba-canção or song samba which is a more relaxed using guitar and percussion. Bossa Nova (New Wave) of course, is a more relaxed form, for instance Antonio Carlos Jobim's "The Girl From Ipanema".
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