The vibrant, pulsating city of Salvador is renowned in Brazil for its distinctive cuisine, music and architecture. Despite lacking the monumental cathedrals of Spanish America, the state of Bahia and specifically its capital Salvador, exhibits a distinctive artistic expression heavily influenced by its black African ancestry. With over 80% of Bahia’s population coming from black African decent, Salvador has solidified itself as being Brazil’s African soul, which is clearly apparent within all levels of its society.
Despite Salvador’s cosmic explosion rhythms and colonial architecture, its animated culture only truly became transparent towards the end of the nineteenth century, when Brazilian intellectuals began to probe local culture in an attempt to shift away from its imported Portuguese and European elements.
Consequently having now been dubbed the “Brazillian cultural capital” , elements of the African influence continues to influence, grow and seep into the lives of its people, its streets and its art.
This image was shot from inside care near the historical centre of Salvador, frequently called the Pelourinho. Rich in historical monuments dating from the 17th through the 19th centuries, Pelourinho has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.