Pagode

Pagode is a variant (some might say “deviant”) form of samba. This bastard child of samba was “born” here in Salvador and today is the most popular style of music with Salvador’s youth. Pagode is “party” music; the musical forms are simple and repetitive and the lyrics are ripe with sexual innuendo and employ double entendres to present it’s core message, “let’s f*ck.” The true “art” found in this baixaria (degradation) is in the choreographed dance steps that the Bahian youth create to express the lusty message of the lyrics. During carnival, the streets are lined with barracas, stands that serve drinks, equipped with their own sound systems. The pagode hits are always big favorites. Check out the dancing, you’re sure to be impressed! This Carnival 2014, Pagode band Psirico has the smash hit of the summer with a sexy little tune called "Lepo Lepo".  Nobody is quite sure what exactly "Lepo Lepo" means, but the song's signature "slap it and tap it" dance move, proves the point that a "gesture" is worth a thousand words.

Black Style is known for their sexually explicit lyrics. They have authored hits such as Balanca Rabo, Cachorra ("Wag Your Tail, Bitch!"), Me Da Patinha ("Give Me Your Paw"), and this year's hit, Passa Nela Machuca ("Mash Her Up"). With the lyrics of their tunes, Blackstyle has stretched the boundaries of acceptability…

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É O Tchan is acknowledged as the originators of the style of music known as Pagode, this deviant form of samba unique to Salvador. In the mid 90s, the group hit on their formula for success, double-entendre lyrics with explicitly sexual themes, that has become the signature of the pagode genre.

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EdCity gets it's name from it's charasmatic singer, Edcarios da Conceicao Santos. Eddy got his start with the pagode band Fantasmao (Ghost) who created an identity for themselves using ghostly black and white face paint. Fantasmao tweaked the standard pagode sound by integrating elements of Hip hop and Metal Rock into their music, a style they called "Rap Groovado."

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Harmonia de Samba reached the height of popularity in 2001 when their pagode sound ruled not only Salvador, but swept the nation. The band’s popularity culminated with the marriage of its singer, Xandy, to the famed pagode dancer, Carla Perez, a linking of pagode royalty, the Bahian equivalent of Jay Z and Beyoncé.

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Levanoiz’s Liga da Justica (Justice League) was the smash hit of the Bahian summer 2010/2011 and was voted Best Carnival Song for the year 2011. The song’s lyrics tell the story of Superman and Wonder Woman and inspired Soterpolitanos (resident of Salvador) to acts of super-heroism.

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Parangole's song Rebolation was a top five hit on Brazilian Billboard charts and it won Best Carnival Song in 2010. That same Carnival, their lead singer, the 23-year-old heart-throb Léo Santana, was voted Carnival's Best Male Singer and the band chosen Best Pagode Band.

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Psirico have established themselves as the most popular and most respected pagode band in the city. Their lead singer, Marcio Vitor, has recorded and performed with Brazil’s biggest pop stars. They are regularly the most anticipated pagode band on the carnival circuit.

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Saiddy Bamba’s Sim Sim Sim ("yes, yes, yes") is an early contender for smash hit of the summer of 2011-2012. This band has been on the radar since their first big song, Metralhada (Machine Gunned) in 2005, but in the summer of 2011-12, the band's popularity is surging to new heights and their sound is in constant play on the streets of Salvador.

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