Since the first signs of life, still in our mother’s womb, humans start to exist within rhythms: our own fast heart beats and naturally, of our mothers. Artur da Távola (1936-2008) distinct writer and poet in Brazil once remarked: “the rhythm is definitely the most primitive of our sensorial experiences. Thus, it follows us through our lives and it stands for the basic assumption of vitality, since when it’s over, life has ended.”  In samba and carnaval, the analogy is the same. The rhythm means “the force” is animated, alive, just like the primal rhythms of the past. Likewise, the section in Carnaval events where we find the most powerful energy is surely around the Drums.  This is the energy we will try to describe on these pages below. To simplify translation issues, we are using the term Drums Section for the Brazilian Carnaval term “Bateria”.

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