Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Want to know what they're singing about? They're singing about samba in the White House! Translated lyrics are here!


David Dye in Salvador, Bahia


The grapevine telegraph was pre-American Civil War African-Americans' way of spreading the news. The name was their own descriptive term for receiving a message and passing it on, enabling entire communities to be keenly aware of important events. The expression "I heard it through the grapevine" comes from this activity.

I've set up a platform for applying this model to music (that's me above in our headquarters, being interviewed by David Dye of World Café for U.S. National Public Radio). Somebody you know and respect, or know of and respect, or have just discovered (and maybe respect), can recommend musicians (or anybody, but it's mostly musicians). And the people who are recommended can recommend. And THOSE people can recommend. And people can recommend the person you know and respect, etc. etc. etc. YOU can recommend!

A 21st century musical grapevine telegraph linking musicians and music-lovers all over the world is established. Enabling somebody to begin on the page of almost anybody below and wind up listening to the music of previously impossible-to-find brilliance in Brazil. Or New Orleans. Or County Clare. Or Niger. Or wherever you happen to be right now...


Per the mathematics behind the Small World / Six Degrees of Separation phenomenon, most network members, though perhaps distant physically, are are closely related in the network. Your participation can help increase the discovery prospects of many other members (which is why we're asking for it; and vice versa, if that's important to you)...


If you're interested in Bahian music, you might start with Bule Bule and Raimundo Sodré below. Further down are a couple of hundred other entrances into the network...


From Salvador da Bahia, Brazil...OBRIGADO!

-- Randy "Sparrow" Roberts / Dr. Ken Dossar (Temple University) / Raimundo Sodré / Bule Bule


Dr. Dossar and Bule Bule in Salvador