Samba is a genre of music from Brazil, with roots in both traditional African rhythms as well as the European polka. It is wide and diverse genre, that includes everything from samba carioca (Rio carnaval-style), to samba reggae*, bossa nova*, samba de roda*, and pagode*. At Unidos de Brisbane, we focus on Samba Carioca. The Unidos de Brisbane Bateria: Samba schools are typically centered around a bateria, or the samba drumming section – this is similar to a percussion orchestra. Each bateria, led by its mestre (conductor), has its own style and particular rhythmic breaks that make it unique. This drum orchestra can play accompanied by musicians (as in the samba enredo), or perform as a powerful and energetic stand-alone unit.