By Felicity Clarke, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The samba schools are currently starting the final intense period of preparations for the spectacular samba extravaganza that is Carnival. However while the sensational Sambodrome showdown is but an annual occurrence on the calendar, there is a weekly celebration of samba's roots at the historic birthplace of the genre, Pedra do Sal.

Every Monday evening starting at 7PM, the Roda de Samba da Pedro do Sal performs original Carioca sambas . . .

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