The traditional and innovative Portela

Portela is Rio’s oldest samba group and a premier school with an absolute record of 21 titles including 7 consecutive championships. After going through a rough period in the 1980s, it managed to retain itself in the Special Group mainly because of its glorious past and popularity only to reclaim its original grandeur later on. Portela’s foundation, their innovative spirit and brilliant performances have helped them in winning many Rio Carnival contests. Its Carnival parades are graced by many international celebrities including singer Ricky Martin and super model Nomi Campbell.

Portela Samba School during Rio carnival parade

History

Portela took its first step in 1920s when samba schools as they are known today did not exist. Paulo Benjamin de Oliveira proposed the formation of a novel and distinct samba band that was to really symbolize the entire neighborhood of Osvaldo. With support from friends, in the year 1923 on April 11th, Portela samba school was born. The school changed many names as its identity evolved in the coming years and in 1935 they finally adopted the name of Portela.

Identity

The colors of Portela samba school are blue and white with a symbol that has remained unchanged since the start of the school – a giant eagle. This eagle shines high in a symbol of honor and pride for those great performers that have lead Portela to victory.

Performance

Legendary Portela Samba School has led the way in many aspects of the carnival. It was the first group that used decorations, introduced the opening wing and was the first to use ropes. Portela is known for choosing beautiful and charismatic Queens and having the strongest Drum sections. These innovations along with a fabulous team of composers helped this samba school win an unbelievable 11 titles, of which 7 were in a row between 1939 and 1953 creating history in the samba musical genre in Brazil.

Carnival Information 2018

Group Day of the Parade Parade Time
Special Group February 12 23:05

Theme: “De Repente de Lá pra Cá e Dirrepente Daqui pra Lá”

Composer: Samir Trindade, Elson Ramires, Neyzinho do Cavaco, Paulo Lopita 77, Beto Rocha, J. Salles e Girão.

Interpreter: Gilsinho

Samba Enredo

Vamos simbora povo vencedor
contar a mesma história
sou nordestino , estrangeiro, versador
eh eh eh viola…
vem do arrecife oio azul cabra da peste
no doce do meu agreste, querendo se lambuzar
oi o mar maré de saudade , oi o mar
pedindo paz a javé, perseguido na fé
o imigrante veio trabaiá
oh saudade que vai na maré
passa o tempo e não passa a dor
e um dia pernambuco seu irmão reconquistou

luar do sertão, ilumina…
pra quem deixou esse chão, triste sina
ô cumpadi em seu peito leva um dó
cada um em seu destino e a tristeza dá um nó

vixi maria lá no meio do caminho
tem pirata no navio
o pagamento não foi ouro nem foi prata
essa gente aperriada foi ,seguindo
ô gira ciranda, vai a chuva vem o sol ,deixa cirandar

entra criança, homem, muié
no abraço dessa terra só não fica quem não quer

é legado, é união, é presente, igualdade
é “noviórque” pedestal da liberdade
a minha águia em poesia de cordel
22 vezes minha estrela lá no céu

lá vem portela é melhor se segurar
coração aberto quem quiser pode chegar
vem irmanar a vida inteira
na campeã das campeãs em madureira

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