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Dreaming of: Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Salvador is the capital of the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia.  Bahia is one of Brazil’s largest, most populous and most diverse regions.  It is also one of the country’s poorest states and has been at the whim of Sao Paulo politics for decades.  That said, Bahians have a distinct cultural and regional identity, especially as a heart of Afro-Brazilian culture, that they have fought tooth and nail to mantain and thus it is one of the best places to experience Brazil’s famously vibrant yet insouciant lifestyle. Salvador was the Portuguese capital of Brazil until the late 1700’s and has retained much of it’s European architecture in its historic center.

Salvador de Bahia (Brazil 1976) by Franco Rattazzi

Salvador de Bahia (Brazil 1976) by Franco Rattazzi

An old woman looks out her window in Salvador. By Terenzio Lodadio

An old woman looks out her window in Salvador.
By Terenzio Lodadio

Salvador Dancers By Nelson Oliviera

Salvador Dancers By Nelson Oliviera

Bahia Woman By Francesco Ramon

Bahia Woman By Francesco Ramon

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Track 34: Cira Regina e Nana by Lucas Santtana

Jazz Wednesdays

This may not be a traditional jazz track along the lines of Charlie Parker and Nina Simone, however, after having the opportunity to see a Brazilian jazz trio perform in Hong Kong a few weeks ago I’ve been reviving a lot of the  Brazilian samba, bossa nova and tropicalia in my music library.  Lucas Santtana of Bahia has been leading a contemporary resurgence of Brazilian Tropicalia for years now.  Having been discovered in the mid-90s by legend Gilberto Gil, Santtana came to prominence quite rapidly.  He incorporates Afro-Brazilian rhythms, Motown funk, Brazilian metal (à la Sepultura), and European electronica into his predominantly acoustic tracks.

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