The "Roda de samba" is a musical and cultural brazilian manifestation born from the cadence of African music. Brought by slaves in the early 18th century, the "Roda de Samba" start to be manifested in the backyards of the residences around the year 1910. It usually gathers a large number of people who sing and dance around a table where the musicians perform.
In the beginning it was just a meeting to celebrate the African roots in the homes of the active musicians. Thus, the roda was created, promoted the exchange of experience, knowledge, synergy and expanded to other backyards, where it ended up meeting in groups and then in samba schools in the 1930s and 1940s.
In the mid-1960s and 1970s, composers returned to the tradition of backyards houses and in the 1980s, a wave of composers grown up in this environment, such as João Nogueira, Nei Lopes, D. Ivone Lara, Wilson Moreira, Martinho da Vila, Almira Guineto, Jorge Aragao, Zeca Pagodinho brought the samba to a different level of popularity.
Samba was renewed with the format of the current "Roda de Samba" (samba wheel).
The "Rodas de Samba" that were hidden at the backyards, under the cloak of religious manifestation, ended up echoing through the suburbs, the hills and today, around the world.
The actress/ singer Vivian Godoy, who lives in the Netherlands, has promoted "Roda de Samba" around the world since the 1990s. She performed in Indonesia, Austria, Greece, Germany, Russia, Spain, Belgium, França and on her last visit to Brazil in 2014 she sang with the popular singer Teresa Cristina in the most popular "Roda de Samba" in Río de Janeiro called “Samba do Trabalhador” from the great composer/singer Moacyr Luz.
The repertoire of Viviani's Roda de Samba includes sambas from Paulo Cesar Pinheiro, Toninho Geraes, Moacyr Luz, Cartola, Zeca Pagodinho and other great samba composers.
In Holland Viviani's "Roda de Samba" has performed at Breda Jazz Festival, Midden in de Maas Festival and Wereld Delshaven in Rotterdam, at Munganga's Theater in Amsterdam, At Venue and At Parnassos Cultuurcentrum in Utrecht (By Brasil - 030), Doelenplein Jazz Festival in Delft, Kings Day 2019 at Podium Boomtheater in Amsterdam Oost, In the Pllek, Amsterdam Noord, At The Bimhuis and many other parties and events.