Salvador Brazil, 2009

Tash  Menon

Joined March 2009

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Salvador- Where everyone is an Individual

Regardless of where you are in the Brazilian cultural capital Salvador, it will prove to be a rhythmic explosion of music, tribal drums and eccentric-individual characters. Being the central point of the early Brazilian slave trade(see note), the northern Brazilian state of Bahia is considered to entail the greatest and most distinctive African influence on everyday Brazilian life. With over 80% of Bahia’s population originating from black African decent, Salvador has undoubtedly positioned itself as being Brazil’s African soul, which is clearly apparent within all levels of its society.

During a drumming toupe that pounded out deadening rhythms in the city’s old town, Pelourinho, this shot captures a glimmer of the fast-pace action within the narrow cobbled street alleyways. With shambolic Rastafarian dreadlocks and pulsating hip-thrusts whilst dancing, this man definitely stood out when doing-his dancin’ thing- through the streets!

^^Between 1500 and 1870, 8.5 million African slaves arrived on the shores of Latin America, of which 38% were in Brazil

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