Catégorie: 2.8 Salvador da Bahia
International Black Music crossroad
Salvador da Bahia. Its proximity with the African coasts did one of the most important convergence points of the European, African and Amerindian cultures. Salvador is thus a unique cultural melting pot giving rise to new artistic and musical forms. Salvador tends today to become the cultural capital of Black music in South America.
Capital city of the State of Bahia, Salvador da Bahia is the third city of Brazil in terms of population. Populated of more than 3 million of inhabitants (census from IBGE in 2000), Salvador counts approximately 80% of Blacks and mixed race people. That is for this reason that Salvador has been called the “Black Roma” and became the city outside Africa the most populated in Blacks, followed by New York.
The musical setting of Bahia
Music is a symbol of the State of Bahia's cultural identity. It is mainly thanks to the music that Salvador receives every year more than a million of tourists during the carnival, event considered as the greatest popular festival of the world.
But the city has a lack of places for cultural and musical celebration, where the rhythms could be mixed, reinvented, communicated, by emphasizing its traditions and its roots.
It is to this end that the Center for Black Music is created inside the Museu du Ritmo.
The creation of the first Center for Black Music will represent for the town of Salvador cultural and touristic facilities on the first matter.