Pedra do Sal: live samba, every Monday
Aqui se respeita o samba: Here we respect samba music. This is the slogan of Pedra do Sal (Rock of Salt), not only a place to listen to live samba, but a real historic and religious site for cariocas.
Located in the neighborhood of Saúde,at the time of slavery Pedra do Sal was the center of the most important quilombo village (African community) of Rio de Janeiro. Called Little Africa and populated by immigrants from the northern state of Bahia, it has been the cradle of samba music.
Today the place hosts regular samba da roda sessions every Monday (the roda is canceled only in case of strong rain). On the steps of the Pedra you will find a casual and easygoing atmosphere; the access is free -you only need to find your little space and to participate to the roda, al least clapping your hands. If you want on the picturesque Largo de São Francisco da Prainha, near Pedra do Sal, you will find a simple but nice restaurant ideal for a typical Brazilian dinner among locals and colonial buildings in ruins.
Roda de samba da Pedra do Sal
Adress: Praça Mauá (near Largo de São Francisco da Prainha)
Horário: 7.30 pm
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