The red and white Salgueiro is one of the most popular schools, showcasing African culture like no other

Academicos do Salgueiro was the Grand Champion of the 2009 Parade and a true elite samba school. Its Carnival parades were one of the first to showcase the achievements of the Afro-Brazilians and what really made this school click at Sambadrome, was its outstanding samba dance performers. It has a very popular samba hall, close to the city centre. It is famed since 50 years of existence for presenting some of the most marvelous and sensational “ultra-muses” of the Brazilian Carnival.

Salgueiro samba school during rio carnival parade

History

This samba school had its origin in the Salgueiro slum when everyone came down to parade at slum’s Saens Peña public square and the school as we know it was born from the fusion of two other samba schools. Joaquim Casemiro known as Calça Larga was one of its main people. Its music scene was made richer by men who contributed with original composition for the slum’s samba schools and it was through their songs that Salgueiro became a respected school.

Identity

Salgueiro uses its symbol, the fire in all its parades year after year and its red and white marque colors are associated with Rio de Janeiro’s patron saint, St. Sebastian, and an African-Brazilian deity named Xangô.

Performance

During the 50’s Salgueiro performed well and won over the public, establishing itself in the big league. However, it became a champion for the first time in 1960 with the subsequent decade being a milestone in its history where the school won three titles, presented memorable themes and contributed definitively for changes on samba school parades. The brilliance continued through the 70’s which witnessed a new chapter in affluence and creativity in the Carnival’s samba parades. The 80′s were a tough period for the school but it bounced back to claim victory in 1993. The 21st century saw Salgueiro’s marvelous parades which have left the crowds enchanted.

Play the samba school Acadêmicos do Salgueiro 2014 theme song

Samba Enredo 2014 (Lyrics)

“Gaia – A vida em nossas mãos”

Autores: Marcelo Motta, João Ferreira, Ge Lopes e Thiago Daniel
Intérpretes: Quinho, Serginho do Porto e Leonardo Bessa

Salgueiro na sutileza dos teus versos
Todo o encanto do Universo
E a divina criação mistérios da imensidão
Gaia… Terra viva… A riqueza
Gira o mundo meu cenário
Relicário de beleza
Templo sagrado de Olorum
Salve a grandeza de Oxalá
Guardiões da natureza
É a magia dos orixás

Oxum Iemanjá Iansã Oxóssi caçador
Ossain Ogum caô, meu pai Xangô

Nas águas a felicidade… Vermelho e branco é axé
Pra dar um banho de amor na humanidade
Purificando o coração de quem tem fé
Na chama da esperança
O fogo pode transformar
Clareia pra ver nascer um novo dia
Bendito ar que se respira… E o vento a soprar
E no avanço dessa tecnologia
Ecoa a voz da Academia
É uma questão de querer aprender a cuidar
E saber preservar

Meu samba vai tocar seu coração
É um alerta ao mundo inteiro
“A vida em nossas mãos”
Buscando a solução… Canta, meu Salgueiro
O bem que a gente planta
Floresce nesse chão… Canta, Salgueiro