Just one week before I saw my first live Salsa performance (immediately becoming addicted), I discovered a local band - Sambatuque - which plays Brazilian music, primarily Samba. I bought their first album, which I think is fabulous. It even includes one of my favorite Salsa songs, Tanta Saudade, which inspired its own thread at www. salsaforums.com/showthread.php?t=12823 I saw Sambatuque perform three times, twice for a very small audience, though last week's reunion performance attracted a larger crowd. Then I attended a "Birthday Bash" last night, with Sambatuque the main attraction (for me, at least). It turned into a Samba extravaganza, with five bands, a Samba dance troupe and a standing room only crowd. I've long been aware of Seattle's "Salsa scene," which is centered on a handful of clubs. But last night's performance made me realize for the first time that there may also be a local Samba scene, though I'm not aware of any clubs that play Samba music on a regular basis. The other amazing thing is that the two groups appear to be completely separate. I didn't recognize a single salsero in the crowd at last night's Samba birthday party. I feel just like I did when I first discovered Salsa - both excited by my discovery of such a vibrant music/dance form and intrigued. So I just wondered how many people on this forum are Samba fans. Either way, I'm curious to know what you think of my observations. It's hard comparing Salsa and Samba when both words cover so much territory - different definitions, styles, etc. But, in general, the Samba I've seen doesn't strike me as much of a partner dance compared to Salsa. Rather, people just seem to jump out on the dance floor and start doing their own thing. If they dance with a partner, they don't hold hands; they just dance near each other. The music seems more exciting than Salsa in some respects. I love the Salsa songs on my playlist, but I seldom hear them played at local clubs. Many of the songs local DJ's play are a little boring. But the Samba songs I've heard seem more irresistible, driven largely by their exuberant rhythms. The general atmosphere at a Samba event seems to be more spontaneous, a little wilder and more carefree. I haven't lost interest in Salsa, which I'm still trying to figure out. But I suspect I'm going to wind up addicted to bother. Anyway, what are your observations on Samba? Is there a "Samba scene" where you live, and does it appear to be separate from the Salsa scene, or are they more connected?