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The actress impressed the judges with her spirited tango

Game of the week - Samba De Amigo (Wii): £39.99

Although it won't make the week of lone-wolf gamers who prefer a spot of first-person shooting or some solo space travel, Samba De Amigo will prove entertaining in the extreme for front-room exhibitionists.

Wendo Kolosoy: Star of 'rumba congolaise'

Wendo Kolosoy was the first international star of rumba congolaise, a catch-all term for the amalgams of Congolese folk music and Latin American styles that swept Africa in the mid 20th century. Known to his fans as "Papa Wendo" – or simply "Wendo" – as well as "Alanga Nzembo" ("Song master"), he had his first and biggest hit in 1948 with "Marie-Louise" and continued to enjoy considerable popularity in the following decade.

Ghetto fabulous: Why Seu Jorge will never forget life (and death) in the favela

Jorge Mário da Silva doesn't do mornings. And though it's 3pm in São Paulo, the Brazilian actor and musician – otherwise known as Seu Jorge ("Mr Jorge") – is only just coming round. But between yawns, he's enthusing about his forthcoming trip to London. "I love playing abroad," he says. "I've got lots of friends in London. Also, the shows are earlier over there. I played in Rio last week and I got on stage at one in the morning!"

Alves all set for samba welcome as he signs for Boro at last

Afonso Alves is pleased to have finally completed his move to Middlesbrough with the club's fans planning a Brazilian-style welcome for him on Teesside.

Paso Doble, Barbican, London

Paso Doble starts with a shiny expanse of wet clay. One red slab forms the floor, a second, sprayed white, is a wall behind it. Over 50 minutes, the France-based theatre artist Josef Nadj and the Spanish painter Miquel Barcelo hack and squeeze the set around them, piling clay on to the walls or themselves, drawing pictures and squelching them out again. There are some boldly creepy moments, but Paso Doble is generally less fun than making mud pies.

Murder taints the carnival as mafia invades Samba schools

Preparations for Rio de Janeiro's dazzling carnival have been tainted by the murder of a key member of an internationally renowned samba school, rows over the choice of parade queen and drug wars.

Truffle that cost £28,000 leaves a bitter taste after restaurant lets it rot in fridge

Its Latin name loosely translates as "food of kings". Such is the mystique that surrounds tuber magnatum that it can cost as much per ounce as gold and was considered by the medieval church to be the work of Satan.

`Zimbabwe has declared war on gay community'

CHESTERFIELD SAMBA, a gay man in Harare, feels the citizen's arrest on President Mugabe was "a good thing because it got people talking''. Mr Samba, an accountant aged 24, said yesterday that even though homosexuality is not illegal in Zimbabwe - only sodomy is - the prevailing climate is hostile because of President Mugabe's rhetoric.

Letter: Samba anthem

Sir: One can understand - and deride - the thoughts of "multiculturality" that gave rise to the hare-brained idea of playing "God Save the Queen" to a samba rhythm on Millennium Night (Leading article, 5 November).

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