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African cross-pollination?

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We've come a long way since Paul Simon's Graceland… There are so many amazing African artists infused with Western music and Western artists infused with African music.

We've come a long way since Paul Simon's Graceland… There are so many amazing African artists infused with Western music and Western artists infused with African music.
Don MacKinnon
Dec 2, 2012
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An ode to Africa's influence on Brazil

Here is some cultural and historical background to the song:

The state of Bahia (my home state) is made up of a population of 70% African descent and its culture is heavily influence by the African slaves that were sent to work there by the Portuguese. Everything from the food to the music in Bahia (and especially Salvador, my hometown and capital of the state) has strains of African culture. (more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahia )

This song is basically an ode to the African influence found in Salvador/Bahia. For example it mentions Capoeira (a local mix of dance and martial arts), Tambor (a drum - Bahiana music relies heavily on African style drums), and Senhor do Bonfim (a famous catholic church that is named after and has a yearly celebration in honour of an Anfro-Brazilian God - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candombl%C3%A9 )
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