Ismael Silva (9/14/1905 Niterói, RJ - 3/14/1978 Rio de Janeiro) was a bamba (prominent samba composer) of renowned school Estácio de Sá, cradle of samba. Successor of the immortal Sinhô (José Barbosa da Silva), the King of Samba. His partner Noel Rosa called him "the soul of samba". He was also the founder of the first school of samba. In spite of being regarded as Estácio's hill own treasure, Ismael Silva was born at the beach of Jurujuba, in Niterói RJ. At three years of age, he, his four brothers, his mother, a washerwoman, and his father, a working man, moved to Estácio.