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.

Carnival Information 2018

Group Day of the Parade Parade Time
Special Group February 12 01:15

Theme: “Senhoras do Ventre do Mundo”

Composer: Xande de Pilares, Demá Chagas, Dudu Botelho, Renato Galante, Jassa, Leonardo Gallo, Betinho de Pilares, Vanderley Sena, Ralfe Ribeiro e W Corrêa.

Interpreter: Leonardo Bessa, Hudson Luiz, Tuninho Júnior

Samba Enredo

Senhoras do ventre do mundo inteiro
A luz no caminho do meu Salgueiro
A me guiar, vermelha inspiração
Faz misturar ao branco nesse chão
Na força do seu ritual sagrado
Riqueza ancestral
Deusa raiz africana
Bendita ela é e traz no axé um canto de amor
Magia pra quem tem fé
Na gira que me criou

É mãe, é mulher, a mão guardiã
Calor que afaga, poder que assola
No Vale do Nilo, a luz da manhã
A filha de Zambi nas terras de Angola

Guerreira feiticeira general contra o invasor
A dona dos saberes confirmando seu valor

Ecoou no Quariterê
O sangue é malê em São Salvador

Oh matriarca desse cafundó
A preta que me faz um cafuné
Ama de leite do senhor
A tia que me ensinou a comer doce na colher
A benção mãe baiana rezadeira
Em minha vida seu legado de amor
Liberdade é resistência
E a luz da consciência
A alma não tem cor

Firma o tambor pra rainha do terreiro
É negritude, Salgueiro
Herança que vem de la
Na ginga que faz esse povo sambar