A musical instrument store with Saturday samba sessions

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crowds at Contemporânea

This downtown musical instrument store, one of three located on Rua General Osório, in Santa Efigênia, comes into its own on Saturday mornings when a half-dozen or so musicians, usually sitting in a circle at crowd level, play live samba on the first Saturday of the month and chorinho – a related, mainly instrumental musical genre – on the other Saturdays.

The Saturday morning sessions are one of the city’s oldest, going strong for 48 years now, with an intimate, up-close-and-personal format. As the musicians strain their memories to deliver the crowd’s requests, the audience leans in ever closer, transfixed by the ensemble's intricate melodies.

Contemporânea details

Address Rua General Osório 46

República, São Paulo

Metrô 1 or 4, Luz

Telephone (11) 3221 8477

Open 9.30am-2.30pm Sat


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