One Heart, One Mind, One Groove. Samba Squad follows the path of the drum from Brazil to Toronto. Inspired by the Escola de Sambas of Rio de Janeiro, the Afro Blocos of Salvador Bahia and the Maracatu nations of Recife and Pernambuco. These inﬂuences are mixed with Global Grooves of the African Diaspora and the group’s own original ideas. The beats, the grooves, the voices all come together in a seething cauldron to produce the sound of Samba Squad.