Donna Ivone Lara ‘Sempre a Cantar’

Now 82, she has been writing carnival sambas for 60 years but only started recording in 1978 (this is only her eighth release). Considered to be the first female samba composer and as such a big part of the whole culture and history of the genre especially on the afro-samba side of things. Things started off when she moved to Mangueira in the 1940’s and met some samba musicians going on to join Império Serrano samba school and writing sambas especially for carnival parades. Living history as fresh as ever.

Graham Radley