Music / Samba

In 1929, impulsed by the opening of the first radio station in Rio de Janeiro, the so-called radio era began spreading songs - especially the novelty Samba in its current format - to larger masses. This period was dominated by few male interpreters - notably Almirante, Braguinha, Mário Reis, Sílvio Caldas, Francisco Alves and singer/composer Noel Rosa and even fewer chanteuses such as Aracy de Almeida and sisters, Aurora Miranda and Carmen Miranda, who eventually came to Hollywood becoming a movie star. Popular music included instruments like cuicas, tambourines, frying pans ('played' with a metal stick), flutes and guitars.