Working Lives: Rio de Janeiro
- 14 September 2012
- From the section World Radio and TV
Many people know samba only from Rio's famous Carnival, but the rhythm is part of the city's cultural scene all year round - and a way to make a living for Junior de Oliveira.
The 34-year-old percussionist plays samba with two different groups and gives music lessons. He was only five years old when he first started beating on pans, saucers and tambourines. Talent for samba runs in his family.
Mr de Oliveira is the grandson of Silas de Oliveira, who composed Aquarela Brasileira in 1964 - a samba song that became a hymn about Brazil's different regions and beauties.
"It's a big responsibility", he says. "What I try to do is to play my drums well and to give continuity to the story of my grandfather and samba."
Junior lives with his mother in Vila da Penha, a working class neighbourhood in the north zone of Rio. He earns about $7,550 (£4,600) a year from his music.
His main work is with Samba do Trabalhador, a "roda de samba" held every Monday. In these traditional samba gatherings, new and old songs are played around a table.
"Samba has boomed here again and there are lots of shows now. I work a lot. The money isn't great but it's enough every month to live on," he says.
"My ambition is to continue to play with humility and simplicity, to respect everyone and wait for good things to happen."