You may be unfamiliar with samba music. That will change as your ears ring during the Carnival parade. The origin of the Brazilian genre came from West African slaves during the mid-19th century. The word sambar means to do the joiner’s work. Each school writes their own music for the event. In this context, the subgenre is called samba de enredo. The lyrics are sung by the school’s puxador and all of the revelers during the parade. The words reinforce the theme presented by the dancers, costumes and floats.