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The lundu or lundum was brought to Brazil by Bantu slaves from Angola and surrounding areas. Still danced in the island of Marajó in the Amazon delta, the lundu(m) is a very sensual, voluptuous - rather lascivious really - couple's dance. It was highly popular all over Brazil in the seventeenth and early-eighteenth century. It was later replaced by the maxixe (which was also considered scandalous...) and the samba.

If you can read Portuguese, the site called is a good place to read all about and listen to the different rhythms from the state of Pará, such as guitarrada, carimbó, lambada, tecnobrega, etc. You can also watch videos of bands and dance classes (including lundu).

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