Sounds of Sheffield are being spread in Brazil thanks to a South American music fan.
English teacher Samara Serralheiro has launched a photo project showcasing lyrics of songs by Sheffield bands around her hometown of São Paulo.
The 27-year-old has written out lines from songs by artists such as Arctic Monkeys, Milburn and Richard Hawley, before taking a picture of the line in an appropriate place in the city.
Samara said: “My story with Sheffield bands dates from 2008, when I started listening compulsively to Arctic Monkeys and then discovered bands like The Dodgems and Alvarez Kings.
“With time, I was discovering and listening to some other bands like Milburn and Reverend and The Makers, and could see new bands forming.
“Sheffield bands are really passionate. Most bands are really good, lyrics and melody.
“Sheffield is really magical, I always say there must be something in the water.”
Samara, who studied languages and literature in Manchester, also writes a blog about Sheffield bands, posting news and reviews.
She said: “I’ve been to Tramlines in 2011 and 2012.
“It was a dream come true, because I could see live the bands I have been listening to for so long and I knew it would be really hard to see them where I live.
“Some bands really impressed me – they play and perform in a professional and passionate way – and some of these concerts I would consider the best I’ve been to.”
Lyrics in the pictures include ‘These city walls are echoing with the song of the Earth’ from Screaming Maldini’s Life in Glorious Stereo, pictured outside the Julio Prestes Train Station, and ‘If you’re not living on the edge, you take up too much room’, from Reverend and The Makers’ smash hit Heavyweight Champion of the World, photographed on the roof of the Altino Arantes skyscraper.
Samara said: “I want people to listen to these bands that might not be famous in Sao Paulo, but are talented.
“I always try to spread the word and recommend the bands to friends and students – they usually get blown away as well.”
And Samara hopes the project also shows off her hometown.
She said: “The project is also a way to show the places in São Paulo, the variety of architecture, so I tried to get as many touristic and meaningful places as possible.”
n To see Samara’s pictures, visit www.flickr.com/photos/samarasammy