Fun is guaranteed with União da Ilha

 

União da Ilha is a suburban samba school that made itself known and appreciated for putting on joyful, simple and inexpensive parades. With its trade mark of fun and simplicity, this ‘gremios’ of Rio de Janeiro is considered to be one of the most pleasing and happy. Even without many resources, it has made a show of determination and established a good communication with the public and is regarded as one of the nicest in the carnival.

Uniao da Ilha samba school - Carnival parade in Rio

History

União da Ilha do Governador was founded in March 07, 1953 and it is known for its irreverent themes. The school was conceptualized when Maurício Gazelle and Quincas Orphylo watched the exhibition of small schools of samba and blocks of various districts and decided that Cacuia should also have its representative samba school. União da Ilha is based in Estrada do Galeão in the neighborhood of Cacuia.

Identity

Their colors of União da Ilha do Governador are blue, red and white and a white eagle can be seen in the centre of its flag above a crest and shield. The depicted eagle is this school’s reverent symbol.

Performance

Even though it has not won any titles in the Special Group throughout its history, the school has made a strong impression with memorable themes and sambas such Domingo in 1977 and Good, Nice and Cheap, in 1980. In fact União da Ilha’s best result was when it won a second place in the Sambadrome contest for Good, Nice and Cheap which perhaps led to the school’s current image. And Today is the day of 1982, is one of the most famous and recorded sambas in the history of Carnival. The last good performance in 1994 was with the theme Abrakadabra where it finished fourth. Since then, it has pulled off good placements.

Carnival Information 2018

Group Day of the Parade Parade Time
Special Group February 12 00:10

Theme: “Brasil Bom de Boca”

Composer: Ginho, Marcelão da Ilha, Flavinho Queiroga, Junior, Thiago Caldas, John Bahiense, André de Souza e Professor Hugo.

Interpreter: Ito Melodia

Samba Enredo

Põe lenha no fogão
o aroma está no ar
exala nossa poesia
caravelas a bailar no mar
chegam pra miscigenar essa folia
eita tempero bom, eu quero provar
derrama o caldo de lá nos frutos de cá
eita tempero bom, eu quero provar
nas terras tupiniquins o que se planta da
e tupã abençoou esse sabor da aldeia
que incendeia, aguça o paladar
mergulhei no gosto que marela
riqueza milenar

fogo aceso no terreiro das yabá ô ô
na mistura a herança dos meus ancestrais
bota agua no feijão que o samba esquentou
ôôôô na batia do tambor

e na fartura do meu tabuleiro
o grão é vida e mostra o seu valor
sinto o cheiro de cravo e canela
vó quituteira mexendo a panela
da nossa terra um gostinho sem igual
pro seu prazer, doce cacau
ilha prepara a mesa que é dia de festa
servimos um banquete à fantasia
uma receita impossível de esquecer
duas pitadas de amor, eu e você
juntando a fome com a vontade de vencer

vem provar o sabor, desse meu carnaval
eu sou a ilha, sou o prato principal
vou deixar água na boca
provocar uma vontade louca

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