Orquestra Bamba Social (Portugal)
An 18-piece big-band based in Porto, Portugal, Orquestra Bamba Social blends samba with jazz, funk and hip-hop. Founded in 2012, the band has performed in venues and festivals across Europe and earned a wide following. Acclaimed Brazilian producer Alceu Maia produced the band’s first EP and they have since released several albums in collaboration with some of Brazilian music’s biggest stars.
“Começa com S” (Starts with S), is a tribute to samba, Brazil’s most influential music style. They sing, “The only one who never left my side / Was always
samba / Never asking if I’m poor or rich / It doesn’t even knock when it wants to come in / If I’m alone or if I’m with friends / It is always there."