About Lost Sambista
This blog is the central hub of the Lost Samba on-line experience. Although the work began as a support for the book it has developed into a popular Facebook page, an inviting Tumblr blog, a comprehensive Spotify playlist, a website, an interesting Youtube playlist, a colourful Pinterest page and an active twitter account. What binds everything together is a focus on a seminal era of Brazil’s history, the seventies and the eighties, that has gone un-noticed and that is probably a backbone element of the country’s current left wing government. The narrative centers around the son of British expats who becomes part of the dreamy and tragic generation that grew up in the privileged classes secured by a military dictatorship. This is an account of a dark, but exciting, period for the country. Richard shows, first hand, the enjoyment by the urban élite of the privileges secured for them by the military rule, then the crawling from under the claws of that regime and, ultimately, the unfolding of one of the worst economic disasters in Brazilian history.
Despite the historical and the nostalgic aspect, in this blog you will find articles, photos and videos related to what is going on in “Terra Brasilis” in the present day. Although we do not aim to be a guide to Brazil we also publish relevant “inside” information as well as short stories about Brazil, in particular Rio de Janeiro, that will give you an insight of what the country is about, the kind of material that is not written in brochures for tourists.
Above all Lost Samba is a declaration of love to the country, not in a nationalistic way but in a way that sees Brazil as a country of hope, where the new has a fertile ground to happen.
We hope you enjoy it.