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By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - This Saturday, December 2nd, Rio de Janeiro celebrates the National Day of Samba, Brazil's most iconic music genre. From this Friday, December 1st, until Sunday, December 3rd, the city hosts a variety of "rodas de samba" all over Zona Sul, Centro and Zona Norte, most of them being free attractions.

Even though December 2nd marks samba's anniversary, specially in cities like Rio, São Paulo and Salvador, it was on November 27th that, a hundred and one years ago, Carioca composer Donga registered "Pelo Telefone" at Brazil's Biblioteca . . .

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