Sergio Sampaio was connected to the very best Brazilian poets of his generation, the composers that arouse in the seventies. Innovators like Wally Sailormoon and Torquato Neto. Indeed he did a brief biography of Torquato Neto, a pungent samba. Hèlas, it is not in this record.
If his lyrics had the poetical innovation that many classical sambistas lack, his melodies had the punch and the swing of the very first sambas. They were not to be played cool, like Bossa Nova songs. They had the call of a samba enredo, the kind of samba that is used to make a whole "escola de samba" sing and dance. In this context, "escola de samba" is a corporation that is gathered to play the samba, and has the same kind of enthusiastic supporters as a football team.
So, even for the ones not familiar with the Brazilian Portuguese language, it will be a joy to hear Sergio Sampaio singing his miseries and his happiness, all in the rythm of the samba.