Praia do Forte / Imbassai
A rhythm that is in the blood
Salvador, the fifth largest city in Brazil, is where many traditions of African origin are best preserved: Candomblé, music and capoeira, the martial art/dance for which Brazil is so famous.
Salvador's Sisterhood of "Good Death"
Boa Morte – "Good Death" – is an odd name for a sisterhood that one can only join after the age of 45.
In Bahia, all you do is follow the music
During the two weeks I am in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, I attend seven live concerts and the local media publicize dozens more. Music is a cornerstone of Bahia’s “Africanism.” I hear it everywhere, always at high volume, and it is always Brazilian music.
"We all have a bit of African blood"
"Africa is over there," says Reuben Costa Bello, pointing out to sea. "Angola is eight days sailing away at 15 knots."
Searching for Brazil’s African soul
Hello Brazil, where Bahia was a major shipping point for millions of men, women and children taken from Africa during the centuries of transatlantic slave trading. Their descendants have helped create a rich mix of music, dance, religion and cuisine that still makes the region central to Brazilian popular culture today.