Unofficially (and actually) it runs to the morning of Ash Wednesday, March 1st, and then continues in the arrastão (roundup) of Timbalada, which starts Wednesday morning at the Farol da Barra and winds its way along Avenida Oceanica to Ondina. The arrastão, which started several years ago and was only Timbalada (Bahia's best band and bloco) has now seen other people and blocos jump on the the bandwagon (quite literally). It's grown to include at least three trios and blocos, winding up early Wednesday afternoon, and then there you are at Ondina's lovely beach, where the party continues at the barracas
Tips for a safe Carnival
  • Buy abadás [bloco entry costumes] and camarotes [grandstand seats] in official establishments
  • Stay aware and know when your bloco is concentrating
  • Wear light and comfortable clothes
  • Avoid carrying anything of value. Cameras are targeted as prizes by youth
  • Bring cash money to facilitate purchases
  • Put identification bracelets on children (the bracelets can be found in the ranks of Juvenile Court)
  • If you find any missing child, take her to a police station or the Juvenile Court
  • Drink plenty of water and use sunscreen
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport
  • Do not buy dented cans or plastic bottles with broken seals
  • Avoid eating poorly preserved products
  • Do not pee in the streets. Use chemical toilets
  • Always wash hands and/or use alcohol gel
  • Walk the streets parade streets to travel as they are bright and well policed
  • Drink in moderation
    If you drink do not drive.
  •  Take a taxi.
    Use condoms
  • Be an agent of peace, is always with warmth and friendliness


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The Theme for Carnival 2011 is PERCUSSION!
The beat provides the Rhythm. Feel the rhythms and become part of the magic.
Salvador  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 it helps.
  One of the most distinctive elements of Salvador Carnaval is their rhythm developed by the late great Neguinho

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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Praça Castro Alves (named for Antônio Frederico de Castro Alves, the Bahian poet who, among other things, wielded his mighty pen against the injustices of slavery and political oppression)
 "trios" ? because the first one was an old car ('29 Ford) with a driver and two musicians (Dodô and Osmar) in the back (the car can be seen in the museum at the Lagoa da Abaeté in Itapoan; it debuted in 1950 " The success of Chiclete com Banana, along with the evolution of Ilê-Ayê and the emergence of Olodum played a part in transforming Salvador’s Carnaval into the biggest, longest, most itinerant open air show in the world.

Muse of Salvador Carnaval:  Sheila Mello, Sheila Carvalho, Daniela Mercury, or Ivete Sangalo - Our Top 25 Muses of Rio Carnaval has proved very popular.

Dan Rosenberg produces  which celebrates musical cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. Here's their Carnival archives

Axé Carnaval in Salvador Bahia by
A short introduction to Axé pronounced ah-SHAY  and micarettas too.


1884 "Although the celebration already had a considerable size - mainly in the ballrooms - it is in that year that the organization of street festivities, and parades in clubs, car parades, floats and many popular ones actually started"

Trio Eléctricos History
This distinctive and sophisticated centerpiece of Salvador Carnaval began in 1950 with Dodô and Osmar.


Sabrinka at geocities
Bahia! That's Carnaval at

top Carnavals list by world-party 
See where the editors ranked Salvador Carnaval.

These are the structures erected for the parties overlooking the streets where the blocos pass by. They are combination of nightclubs and VIP boxes that greatly reduce the stress of hanging with the largest people's party. They're more expensive, and attract a more well to do crowd as well as some of Salvador's most beautiful women for their private party. Quite safe and generally all-inclusive. Admission usually includes a T-shirt 
Camarotes on the web

Parade Connections

has seats on the barra in English & français
BLOCOS with Trio Electricos: Netinho at amazon

 Brazilian Music at our astore

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. 
Other member conveniences include toilets, food & drink   medical service should the need arise.
Historical Center: Batatinha Circuit
Grande Avenida: Osmar Circuit
Barra-Ondina: the Dodo Circuit along the coast line from Oceânica Avenue in Barra to Ondina.


(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

A history

 v [F] FILHOS DE GANDHI  Download
Rua Gregório de Matos, 53 - Pelourinho - Cep: 40025-060 - Fone: (071) 321-7073 e-mail:: 
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. Their rhythm is called ijexá  and they spray spectators along the parade route with perfume and talcum powder. Their beads are highly coveted
Afro Blocos- Ilê Aiyê 
 [F] Ilê Aiyê : Bloco Afro in aforum  
Where we archive articles for the group as well as race relations in general for Salvador, Bahia

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. [no mas]

Ilê Aiyê Rua do Curuzu, 233 - Liberdade - CEP: 40365000
Fone: (71) 388-4969 / (71) 256-1013 - Fax: (71) 388-4696
Osmar Circuito on Sábado w/ Band'Aiyê
recognized as a founding leader (founded 1974) of a major movement which grew out of a desire for a stronger African political consciousness. Their Carnaval Saturday presentation is a centerpiece of Salvador Carnival.

"They have maintained this tradition of what it means to be Black in Bahia, to be poor in Brazil, singing about slavery, colonization, and pain."
Carlinhos Brown

More Afro Blocos

Famous for their dancers.
Created by former-directors  Olodum the bloco was established  5th of May of 1981 was the first one to bring the Samba rhythm to the bahian carnival .
Storefront in the Pelourinho
Rua das Laranjeiras, 22 - Pelourinho - CEP: 40025230
Fone: (71) 367-0084 - Fax: (71) 367-0084

Carlinhos Brown Timbalada  

Timbalada at
Carlinos Brown at flickr
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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  
Carlinhos Brown and his Carnival group Timbalada represent the best of Bahia Carnival.  A cultural hero and amazing talent Carlinhos maintains an admirable relationship with the streets where so many of his rhythms simmer before being launched  is his music academy.
samba reggae
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Most interesting Olodum fotos @ flickr


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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. 
 |Rua Gregório de Matos, 22 - Maciel
Pelourinho - Salvador - Bahia - Brasil Tel/Fax 55-71-321-5010 / 55-71-321-3208
Olodum in our image server also link directory

Olodum "Egito Madagascar" (Warner Brasil, 1987)
"Awesome, thunderously melodic percussion-and-chorus. This is the start of the whole samba-reggae sound, and it's an absolute classic. Reissued on a single CD, along with the equally great 10 Anos album."

Olodum at slipcue
discography review

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
Parade Maps
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.

Download Barra - Ondina , [F] Barra-Ondina: the Dodo Circuit  Dodo Parade Map by ||
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

Download Campo Grande  [F] Grande Avenida: Osmar Circuit ||Osmar Parade Map by ||
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 
 [F] 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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Micaretas- off-season Carnavals
The nearby Festival of Santana Micareta occurs in April. The City is only 107km from Salvador, with 600,000 inhabitants. Bahia style Carnaval plays year round throughout Brazil but only a few have achieved a Carnaval like status and dates and places are hard to pin down.  Best bet is to visit these sites for current year planning.

Local Music   

Axé music

Axé music is a style of popular music which originated in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The word comes from a ritual greeting that means good vibration and is used in the Candomblé and Umbanda religions.

The term axé began life as an insult, intended to point out the perceived pretentiousness of the genre. It was applied vaguely, however, and anything recorded in Salvador was nicknamed axé. Starting in about 1992 and peaking in 1998, axé became one of the most popular genres in the Brazilian music scene. In 1990, the US and European release of the album Elegibô by Margareth Menezes took the style to an international audience.

The root of axé is in guitarra baiana, a 1950s guitar style that used electric guitars to play the frevo from Pernambuco. This genre was purely instrumental, and remained so until the 1970s, when Moraes Moreira (of Novos Baianos) began singing.
Carnival bands like Filhos de Gandhi, Olodum and Muzenza then fused the electric frevo with maracatu and samba rhythms, African ijexá and Caribbean merengue. Olodum's samba-reggae fusion was a Bahian success in the 1980s, and was followed by deboche (debauchery), an electric frevo/ijexá fusion.

In 1992, axé entered the mainstream. Daniela Mercury's O Canto Da Cidade set the stage for the explosion of bands like Chiclete com Banana. Though axé was popular, it was not without detractors like Dorival Caymmi. 1995 saw the biggest commercial success to come out of Salvador, Gera Samba (later É o Tchan), who pioneered a sexy image and crossover appeal.

Currently, the biggest axé music star is Ivete Sangalo.

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Virginia Rodrigues at amazon
Joe "Slipcue" Sixpack's Reviews at
Gal Costa at slipcue 
MPB Diva and Tropicalia's Wild Child - A complete discography.'s playlist
This links to Salvador/Music in our image server which also acts as a link directory but go to our astore if album covers, mp3s & listener reviews sound better
Alinne Rosa
Ara Ketu The band Ara Ketu derived from the Carnival bloco of the same name and was founded in 1980. Before reaching success in Brazil, they became popular in Europe with an entertaining, danceable mix of Afro-Bahian percussive grooves with electronic paraphernalia and performing in colorful outfits
Asa Durval Lelys leads Asa de Aguia
Axe-Bahia - annual compilation CD

Motumba  rising star
DownloadChiclete con Banana  a huge Carnival favorite for many years running, and generally the most expensive abada shirt for sale.
DownloadIvete Sangalo   singer, songwriter, and occasional actress and television show host. She is one of the most popular and best-selling Brazilian female singers of the present, with six albums released with Banda Eva, and seven more albums in a solo career.
Claudia Leitte formerly with Babada Nova and now one of Salvador Carnaval's most popular singers with Daniela Mercury  & Ivete Sangalo
Margareth Menezes of the Carnaval with some of the most creative costumes and best original music. She appears on the Barra-Ondina circuit with bloco Afro-Pop Brasileiro and band Cortejo Afro.
Netinho -  official site
Nethino has over 15 discs at amazon  || Click to see his top songs as mp3 downloads

Styles of Brazilian Music by Slipcue
Highly opinionated San Francisco based DJ Joe Sixpack is a straight shooter who will quickly move you forward in your understanding and appreciation of the many styles and important  artists of Brazilian music.
Brazilan Music Intro by

RootsWorld: Brazil
Review of many CDs w\ promise of more

Daniela Mercury
Daniela Mercury  Between 1992 and 1993 Bahian Carnaval became the stage for the greatest success in Brazil’s musicalDaniela-Mercury-08.jpglandscape yet: Daniela Mercury landed the number one spot in radio stations throughout Brazil with her samba-reggae hit O Canto da Cidade. Her show broke public attendance records from Oiapoque to Chuí and she became the first exponent of the new Bahian sound to have a television special on her musical career transmitted on a national station, Rede Globo. Mercury’s stunning success radically tore down the preconceptions and barriers that Brazil’s musical epicenters had imposed on Bahian music with origins entrenched in carnaval.

Ironically, Mercury’s huge success on a national scale transformed her into Bahian Carnaval’s main artist. She reached that distinction long after having conquered a niche in Bahia and having participated in many carnavals.

Daniela Mercury
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Gilberto Gil (English & SPANISH TOO) | OFFICIAL 
Great site by an icon of Brazilian music || Gilberto Gil's who is also Brazil's most prominent Green as the Cultural
Minister in President Lula's cabinet. Expresso 2222 is the Gil's Salvador Carnaval entry which features his daughter Preta and frequent appearances by the legend himself. Gil and Brazil have been moving to the center of the debate over new copyright protection standards for the 21st century.

Gilberto Gil at slipcue -- "Pop Music With a Bang and a Whimper."  
Complete discography - Gilberto Gil at amazon

Caetano_Veloso.jpgCaetano Veloso (SPANISH TOO)

Caetano Veloso at slipcue
-- The King of Tropicalia
- A complete discography. Together w\ G. Gil is considered the great pioneer.

Marissa Monte Discography at Slipcue Unlike most Salvador musicians who have let uol host their official site Marisa has kept control of her URL 
Beth Carvalho at cliqueMusic || in English by google lots of sound clips||  Beth Carvalho discography at slip cue
 -- the godmother of pagode samba
A legendary performer. full discography 
Maria Bethania at slipcue
MPB Diva Numero Uno - A complete discography


AxeMusic at  To english by google
Bahian Music by Bill Hinchberger for '97
Bill, the dean of American journalists in Brazil, now has his own web site  

Like altavista we provide a sample image. Check out what's new 

which is always only two clicks away on our top row navi bar.  To find older

A big Obrigada  to Capitu
 (or Marcela)
for a great batch of useful 51-lite.jpgfotos from Salvador Carnaval 2008. She had the angle on the stars on the top of the trio electricos and really help fill out the music section in the image server.  She lives in Sao Paulo, identifies with Betty Page and writes a very interesting blog about culture



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10 types of Adult Salvador Carnaval Groups

  • African Roots - Afros, Afoxés, Percussion and Reggae: forming on the wings, costumes, gowns, shirts thematic issues representative, float, electric trio, mini trio, support vehicle, floats, percussion instruments, music african pop, samba reggae, ijexá, samba, reggae;
  • Índio / Indian -alas, music african pop, samba, samba reggae, dress in Indian style, stylized fantasy, historical themes, float, floats, electric trio, support vehicle, theme shirts, band, percussion, band and strings of harmony ;
  • Blocos de Samba – wings, pants, floats, costumes, theme shirts, shorts, hat, float, plot, electric trio, samba, samba romantic, hard samba, partido alto, samba backyard, samba plot, samba, samba ...;
  • Blocos de Trio –Trio elétrico, support vehicle, abada, decorations, axé, axé pop, pop rock, pagode quebradeira
  • Blocos de Trio Alternativos –Alternative blocos Trio - Free Training, Electric Trio, support vehicle, abada, ornaments, rhythm axé, axé pop, pop rock, pagode crash;
  • Blocos Travestidos-transvestites - female Costumes, costumes, electric trio, mini trio, support vehicle, rhythm axé, pagode bankruptcies, ax pop, pop rock, arrocha;
  • Blocos de Percussão and Wind  - pants, shorts, shirt, hat, electric trio, mini trio, support vehicle, speed marches, sambas and carnival music orchestrated;
  • Blocos de condições especiais – electric trio, mini trio, support vehicle, abada,
  • Blocos e grupos doing demonstrations - musical instruments, hand floats, hand animation, with no equipment noise;
  • Trios Elétricos Independentes – Independent Electrical Trios - Trio, artists and bands, of any nature, subject to authorization and scheduling of the Municipal Council of Carnival and the Carnival of the Executive Coordination, private or public.
Carnival 2010 in the City of Salvador in the State of Bahia featured 22 samba groups, 20 afoxés, 68 blocos afros, 26 percussion blocos, 3 Indian blocos, and 45 trio elétricos with a live band on top of the special sound truck
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We're here in Bahia, seeking out and webcasting a lot of music that you've probably never heard

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The 24 hour (RealAudio) web radio station out of Itacaré, Bahia acts like a chamber of commerce for the region on the web and is a leading web presence for Bahia and Brazil

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Which is the best Carnival? Rio, Salvador or São Paulo?

  • Rio's is the biggest spectacle in the Land! We are so fortunate that São Paulo and other cities like Porto Alegre, Curitiba, and etc. lives in copying! Marquinho i
  • The best question would be: Rio or Salvador? therefore SP in exists It does not advance the paulistanos to invest millions in the carnival. It will never have the magic of the Carioca carnival Fifi

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Carnavals Elsewhere (in Northeastern Brazil)

Recife-Olinda Carnaval Guide || Recife-Olinda

Carnival in Natal || Natal

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."


In 2003, Terra dropped coverage of Bahia's Porto Segura but still does nearby
Olinda-Recife >English

Fotos Recife-Olinda-Boa Viagem Carnavals 

Galo da Madrugada || '97 Photos || '96 Photos ||
Lots of photos from Carnaval in Recife, Pernambuco
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by Habeeb Salloum
" come to a city decked with colored lanterns, ribbons and streamers, enhanced by colored lights. Amid this embellishment, costumed parades, dancing, lively music and other organized events fill the streets of the old town, creating a magic world of enjoyment. 

MORE CARNAVALs of the NorthEast

Manaus Carnaval
MANAUS has a traditional CARNIVAL, that it retraces its history to the late 19th century. Today 120,000 people will party and watch the 18 schools of samba parade.

Itanhandu at geocities


The town produces one of the biggest replays of Salvador Carnaval in April. The 60+ year tradition is called Mircareta and last for 5 days of wild partying and featuring the best of Salvador Carnaval and local blocos, samba schools and folklore groups.

Barreiras, Bahia has the second biggest traditional Carnival in the state, although it is hard to find on a map.
Site Oficial do Maior São João Campina Grande - Paraíba - Brasil
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Memories from December's Natal Carnaval

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Carnaval 2004 || Carnaval 2002
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Brazil 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 Carnaval visit.
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. 

Salon Wanderlust | "My Night of Candomblé"
(CD) Ritual songs in bantu, shouts of the possessed & blazing drums.

Body, Dance and Music: Identity in Candomblé 
"shows how the mystical-religious process in Candomblé brings the believer to build a new identity...According to the phenomenological perspective, bodily experiences are not reducible to a dichotomous model"

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Every negro use to have, or knew that his grand-father had, a light, a guider, a protector Orisha...This magic, this re-structurant organization, can only be understood if we think

Over 5000 years ago the Egyptians held the first Carnival tributes to Osiris and Isis. Did the deities informing these ceremonies follow parallel paths through the millenniums of West African and Western European until meeting up in the New World? 

  • Prehistory past present future beginning with The Age of Cancer =8,572 - 6,429 bce

  • Olmecs & Mother Africa The year 2012 will be 520 years after Columbus delivered the message of the promised land in 1492

  • Trickster at the Crossroads West Africa one of the world's greatest trickster figures is a god of high metaphysical content, Eshu-Elegbara, a West African orisha. He is the gatekeeper between the realms of man and gods, the tangled lines of force that make up the cosmic interface, and his sign is the crossroads.

  • Tunisia Travel Guide In 2007 Africa hosted for the first time ever hosted the World Carnival City Congress


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

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"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 Elsewhere
Capoeiria Intro
Capoeira in the SF Bay Area
Our guide to the region with the most capoeira outside of Brazil
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