Neguinho do Samba

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Neguinho do Samba
Born 1954/1955
Citizenship Brazilian

Neguinho do Samba (1954/1955[1] – October 31, 2009), born Antonio Luis Alves de Souza, was a Brazilian percussionist and musician. Samba was the founder of Olodum, an internationally known cultural group based in Salvador, Brazil.[2] Samba, a resident of Pelourinho, was considered to be the "father" of samba reggae in Bahia.[3]

In 1995, Olodum appeared in the music video for Michael Jackson's single, They Don't Care About Us.[2] Samba also appeared as a musician on Paul Simon's album, The Rhythm of the Saints, which was released in 1990.[2]

Neguinho do Samba died of heart failure on October 31, 2009, at the age of 54.[2] Samba was buried in the Jardim da Saudade cemetery in Salvador.[3]


  1. ^ Mery Galanternick (November 9, 2009). "Antonio Luis Alves de Souza, Brazilian Drummer, Dies at 54". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-02-18. Mr. de Souza, nicknamed Neguinho do Samba (Little Black Samba Master), was also known for creating the samba reggae, a rhythm that blended the Olodum percussion with Jamaican reggae. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Morre Neguinho do Samba, fundador do Olodum". EFE. Universo Online. November 2, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  3. ^ a b "Morre Neguinho do Samba, fundador do Olodum". EFE. G1 (website). November 2, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-28.