Brazilians have known for some time that Carnaval
Salvador Bahia is unique. Although its style is the most imitated
throughout the country there can only be one peak energy concentration of
people party power. You don't have to dance in the streets to know your at
the center of the greatest annual energy field created on the planet but
With 200 plus Carnival groups parading over seven days, you can't find more groups or more people anywhere than at this great people's party in Brazil's other great historic seaside City.
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muse of Salvador Carnaval: Sheila Mello, Sheila Carvalho, Daniela Mercury, or Ivete
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|BLOCOS with Trio Electricos: ||Top ||||
Trio Electricos have come a long way since
their introduction in 1950. Today they are huge moving stages with massive
sound systems on the lower level and musical stars performing on top. Bands playing their
own hit songs and the other popular songs of the Carnaval lead the "blocos" made
up of thousands of young people wearing simple tunic costumes called "abadás"
who are well protected from the surging masses of spectator participants by security guys
holding rope barriers.
(ah-fo-shay) A traditional group which sings and dances in praise to
the Candomblé divinities or orixás.
The parade form is Salvador's oldest using atabaques,
agogôs, xequerê as instruments and
dancing in the rhythm known as "ijexá "
The first Afoxés by emtursa.com.br
Filhos de Gandhy
Rua Gregório de Matos, 53 - Pelourinho - Cep: 40025-060 - Fone: (071) 321-7073 e-mail:: [email protected]
Sons of Gandi is the most famous afoxe. The nearly 5,000 member all-male bloco is always a source of great anticipation. Founded in 1949 on the occasion of the City's 400 anniversary and as a way to honor the life work of the great Indian pacifist leader Mahatma Gandhy who'd been assassinated the year before. You'll see members wearing turbans with a blue sapphire distribute beads and other joyful surprises to the delighted audience.
|Afro Blocos- Ilê Aiyê ||Top |||
Axe (Ahh-shay) Music takes its name from an Afro-Brazilian term meaning "peace be with you") and originated with the percussion of the Afro-bloco Carnival groups. The 200 Salvador Trio Electrico work year-round now taking their distinctive sound as far North as CanCun Mexico. Their success can be traced to Ijexá music introduced by Ilê Aiyê in the 70's who mixed in heavy rhythms from the Afro-Brazilian Candomblé religion to begin the ascendancy of Salvador's distinctive Carnaval traditions.
Ilê Aiyê : Bloco Afro in aforum
Aiyê Rua do Curuzu, 233 - Liberdade -
|Carlinhos Brown Timbalada ||Top ||||
|Irreverent, inimitable, and
indispensable Carlinhos Brown is the King of Salvador Carnaval and
an inspiration to Carnavalescos around the world. His recent
collabroations with another Salvador institution
include '99's OMELETE
Carlinos Brown & Timbalada
miss all the flash and sounds at the official
Brown and his Regional globalization
|Olodum ||Top ||||
The most internationally famous
Carnival group in all of Brazil is Olodum (pronounced oh-lo-doon). Founded in 1979 Olodum
as an Afro bloco, Olodum has grown to become a major institution with many directors and
numerous youth, health and public welfare programs centered around Salvador's historic
Pelourinho district. The group and its head drummer Mestre Neguinho do Samba is
credited with creating the samba reggae (pronounced sam-ba heg-gay) sound, which dominates
Salvador Carnival as well as numerous great classics songs which are covered by all the
Carnival bands every year. Olodum traditionally begins its three Carnival
parades in Pelourinho Square late on Friday, Sunday and Tuesday.
African Music Encyclopedia: Olodum '98
play samba reggae (pronounced sam-ba heg-gay), the group grew out of the blocos afros (Black carnival associations) tradition begun in 1974 in Bahia
By Pravina Shukla from brazzil.com
|Parade Maps||Top |||
|Campo Grande: Find paid seating for
2000 which is often available as well as the press box, medical center and
lots of food & beverage tents.
Kid's Place: a special space close to the Osmar circuit.
Castro Alves Square: famous point of reference on the route especially Tuesday night till dawn
Terreiro de Jesus and Praça da Sé Squares in Pelourinho: starting point for many African groups inc. Olodum, Muzenza & Filhos de Gandhy
Band Stands by City Hall between Saturday and Tuesday, will sponsor extensive programming of bands and children's balls in five neighborhoods.
Barra - Ondina , Barra-Ondina: the Dodo Circuit || Dodo Parade Map by emtursa.com.br || '96 Map
Barra means beach and here it is possible to enjoy the Carnival from a restaurant deck with the sea in the background. The safest of the three routes especially if your watching from your luxury hotel window
Campo Grande Grande Avenida: Osmar Circuit || Osmar Parade Map by emtursa.br || '96 Map
Official Center of the Carnival with grandstand seating for 2,500 and many vendor booths. A good place to watch parades. King Momo begins his reign here in a key ceremony with the Mayor of Salvador. Location of SAF support services
Pelourinho Batatinha circuit Historical Center: Batatinha Circuit || Calmer programming drawing from the tradition of old carnivals. You will find a more relaxed Carnaval pace set amongst the famous dramatically lit colonial architecture. A nice place to bring the family and enjoy the smaller groups of bloco afros, afoxés, and travestidos, who are not supposed to using any amplified music as they parade
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BRAZILIAN Music what's new
Fotos of Brazilian Music Stars
of Brazilian Music by Slipcue
Bethania at slipcue
samba-choro.com.br huge site we like
AxeMusic at tripod.com to english by google
Bahian Music by Bill Hinchberger for fuzzlogic.com '97
Bill, the dean of American journalists in Brazil, now has his own web site Brazilmax.com
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emtursa.com.br Official City site
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Brazil RADIO Stations On-Line by State
Comprehensive Index including sound file types
Radio MPB by musicalfm.com.br
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|Videos of the Carnival|
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During Carnaval including Approximate First Aid Locations Special Public Transportation Stands
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|Festivals & Holidays ||Top |||
Bom Jesus dos Navegantes
Festas de Reis
Lavagem do Bonfim
Festa de São João
Festa de Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Passagem do Ano Novo
of Events • by bahiatursa.ba.gov.br
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|Carnavals Elsewhere (in Northeastern Brazil)|
|State of Pernambuco
The third great carnaval region of Brazil consisting of the urban state capital of Recife, the historic village of Olinda and the high-rise hotel beach resort of Boa Viagem. This is where the local frenetic dance of Frevo traces its origins to Lent processions. Rivalry between early Frevo Clubs played itself out through Polka march music performed by the men. When the women wanted to participate, Carnival Blocos were formed with ropes protecting the families from the wildness of the streets. During the day you may meet a Troça Carnavalesca Mista who have come to "wake the people up" with fun and ridicule or a parading samba school. Two distinctive Pernambuco costume traditions are the Turmas or clowns and puppets.
The popular Maracatu tradition traces its origin to the coronation of Black Queens and Kings following the abolition of slavery. The word is thought to have originated as a drum password to stop the performance because police were coming. Today maracatu means Carnival confusion and disorder. The rural Maracatus who come to Olinda to perforum in the street for Carnaval, evoke African heritage with unique syncretic traditions found nowhere else. Likewise, the Caboclinho Tribes bring back the original inhabitants, the Indians whose dance performances are preserving the story of their ancestors.
FREVO origins: Professor Waldemar de Oliveira writes that this very singular dance has its origins in the movements of "capoeira" followed by bandits who liked to perform in front of their favorite bands. Thus police pursuit helped create the frevo styling eventually giving way to today's "passistas."
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|Candomble ||Top |||
is noteworthy for the flexibility and syncretism of its spiritual practices. Candomblé,
originally an African word denoting a dance in honor of the gods, is also a general term
for the many Afro-Catholic syncretic cults of Brazil. Candomblé ceremonies are conducted
in the Yoruba-Africa tongue and follows a polytheistic model of getting to know various
divinities called Orixás (pronounced O-ree-sha) as they relate to your path in this
world. Each of these psychic energy models or archetypes is represented by a Catholic
saint and has a history and personality. Exú, the trickster messenger deity who makes
things possible as the god of the crossroads between worlds, is thus an early part of
nearly all Candomblé ceremonies. Exú's unfortunate association with the Catholic devil
underscores a different doctrine which rarely finds pure good or evil in any action.
Iemanjá, (her Catholic saint counterpart is the Virgin Mary) is associated with the sea
and water is also a very important Candomblé deity. Her February 2 festival, includes a
grand maritime procession of participants offering flowers, can often be combined with a
If you wish to attend a Candomblé ceremony, you will need to be an invited guest and must be concerned about observation of the customs so as to not disturb the ritual ceremonies. This is not difficult as the many guides soliciting business in the Pelourinho will tell you. When in doubt, wear white for certain colors such as black, purple and brown should be avoided. The candomblés are generally out of the urban zone.
Body, Dance and Music: Identity in Candomblé
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Orishas from West African & Carnival
|Capoeira ||Top |||
|Capoeira is a distinctly Afro-Brazilian in origin but
is today gaining practitioners all over the world. What is capoeira? A fight, a dance, and
a game combined into a creative, dynamic art form which combines body and soul. Fighters are
always playful and respectful and throughout Bahia and Brazil you will find rodas
(semicircles) of practitioners playing the berimbau and other instruments to
provide an interactive rhythm. An important tradition for a capoeira school is the
graduation ceremony or batizado
(baptism) where new players are initiated and the hard work of the your last year is
recognized by your group.
Learn why a capoeirista is given a new name at their batizado
Capoeira Bahia On-Line
home / Capoeira Angola || Capoeira in Action!
"The Capoeira Angola is one trace of the African Bantu in Brazil. It conserves its essence in the N'golo, ticket ritual to the adult life"
Capoeira in the SF Bay Area
Our guide to the region with the most capoeira outside of Brazil
capoeuropa.com || capoeuropa.com
Many Brazilian sites listed by state
www.capoeira.com by ABADÁ-Capoeira went off the web in 2001and returns Feb 9, 2002.
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