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By Sibel Tinar, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – Performed to one of the liveliest, most captivating rhythms of the world, the fast and sensual samba is the driving force of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro; what may not be as obvious to an outsider is how it is integral to the Carioca way of life, 365 days a year.

Quite possibly the most famous product of Brazilian culture outside of their yellow soccer jersey, samba originated and evolved in . . .

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