Among traditional samba school vocalists, the first names that
usually come to mind are Jamelão of Mangueira, Neguinho da
Beija-Flor. Alcione and Beth Carvalho are two samba divas that you
may also run into.
Baterias are preceded by a queen, rainha
Portuguese. They naturally draw everybody's attention, and
introduce her loyal subjects, the members of the band. A rainha
that is a household name is Luiza Brunet. She has been with
Imperatriz Leopoldinense for about a decade now, and looks
prettier every year. Luma de Oliveira is another queen that always
ends up making the headlines.