Samba Reggae is a popular dance movement, which recently started in Brazil and was influenced by the expressive power of the Carnival in Bahia.
This cultural development was really started by Afro dance groups, who derived from the Afro-Brazilian roots, which were always present in these people. Ile Aiye was the first group to bring this music to the street and it was regarded an innovation on what had previously been seen i the carnival - something not very common among coloured people.
A very large group of coloured people, dressing, singing, playing instruments and dancing in a way that symbolised the negro as a formative element in Brazilian culture.
The rhythm produced by this group was a mixture of Samba with African rhythms, played on instruments similar to those used by the samba schools. The songs spoke of the negro in general, and often alluded to MOTHER AFRICA. The dance steps were new, but representative of the afro dance so common in Bahia. Later there were other groups like ARAKETU, OLODUM, MUZENZA and so on.
Muzenza was formed by real fanatics about Bob Marley and Jamaica. They tried to create a mixture of Samba, Afro and Reggae, which resulted in the very powerful and energetic rhythm of SAMBA REGGAE. Sometimes Muzenza goes out with four hundred percussionists producing a powerful rhythmic effect.
The Samba-Reggae dance is a free afro dance style, in which new and old were mixed to produce an attractive, synchronised movement, which is both effective and is naturally followed by a group of people and sometimes a large crowd.
This type of dancing got so popular, that the various steps were given names like: deboche, ti-ti-ti, danca da galinha, etc.