Abstract: This paper reviews a few scholarly texts about samba, and it seeks to identify trends of thought common
to studies about this style. Once identified, trends are discussed in detail, and scrutinized about their usefulness
to the context of samba. The way of presentation is mainly critical, advancing common sense views about samba
simbology and its relationship to Africa and Brazil in order to show how scholarly literature assimilates those
Keywords: samba, musical representation, critical musicology, africanity, pagode.