Basics • Style • Origin


The approximately 20 members of the Sambawelle, which has been in existence since 2004, are united by one thing above all: they are full of joie de vivre! This is how Susanne Witt, 1st chairwoman for 9 years, describes her Bateria. A long with Rémy De Souza, the Brazilian-born musical director of the group, they have been rehearsing at the Kultur Palast since 2015. Further, they have been drumming their way into the hearts of the audience when actually performing on stage. Members of the Sambawelle stand out with a bright orange and uniform clothing and the elaborate, handmade costume presented by their dancer Amanda. Whether at cultural events, city festivals, birthdays or company celebrations: The Sambawellle performs wherever Brazilian rhythm is requested. wird.


The Sambawelle plays the so called Batucada, a samba style from Rio de Janeiro, which is known for its fast, well danceable tempo. Batucada is presented by a bateria of 10-20 musicians, it does not include singing. The Batucada unfolds the sound for which the Carnival in Rio with its large Samba formations is world famous. The Sambawelle also incorporates modern elements such as Funk to adapt to European style and taste. 

One of the most important instruments of the samba from Rio is the surdo, a big bass drum, which sets the basic rhythm determining the speed of playing. The Caixa is the Brazilian version of the marching drum or snare drum. The Repinique and the Tamborim, two other small percussion drums, provide the bright sound carpet that complements the Surdo and accentuates the pieces. In addition, bell and rattle (Chocalho) are used. 
To bring carnival close to the audience and their fun with it is the declared goal for the members of the Sambawelle


The musical style Samba is the most famous expression of Brazilian culture and is usually associated with the big carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro. In the 1920s right there the modern form of samba emerged. It has always been a fusion of different musical traditions. It originated from the choro, a mixture of popular European music (like polka and waltz) and various traditional music styles of African slaves. Also, it is influenced by the Brazilian Tango Maxixe and the Afro-Brazilian Batuque, a ritual dance accompanied by percussion music. 
Brazil is the most populated country in South America being home for more than 200 Million people. It is predominantly Christian state, showing a strong social inequality and great difference of living standard between rich and poor. After a good two decades of military dictatorship, Brazil returned to democracy in 1985. However, there is still a major corruption problem. Given this situation samba has developed a common form of life for all Brazilians. 

Fotos: Felix Zimmermann
Video: Sebastian Vogt

Leading the group

Sambawelle Bergedorf e.V.
Leading the group: Susanne Witt

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