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Samba combines the rhythmic patterns and feel originating in former African slave communities.
Samba's emphasis on the second beat carries through to bossa nova (to the degree that it is often notated in 2/4 time).
Two-measure patterns usually contain a syncopation into the second measure.
Overall, the rhythm has a "swaying" feel rather than the "swinging" feel of jazz.
Aside from the guitar style, João Gilberto's other innovation was the projection of the singing voice.
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Bossa nova is most commonly performed on the nylon-string classical guitar, played with the fingers rather than with a pick.
Its purest form could be considered unaccompanied guitar with vocals, as created, pioneered, and exemplified by João Gilberto.
These include the 1st Festival de Samba Session, conducted by the student union of Pontifícia Universidade Católica.
This session was chaired by Carlos Diegues (later a prominent Cinema Novo film director), a law student whom Leão ultimately married.
These parts are easily adaptable to the drum set, which makes bossa nova a rather popular Brazilian style for drummers.