Salvador da Bahia, Brazil Central
The Deep Guide to Brazil's Essentiality

Sprawled across broad equatorial latitudes, stoked and steamed and sensual in the widest sense of the word... limned in cadenced song...
its very name born in heat and embers, Brazil is a conundrum wrapped in a smile inside an irony.
Friend,

salvador-bahia-planetI'm an American who's lived for the past twenty-two years in Bahia, Brazil, where I opened a record shop (Cana Brava Records) devoted to the primordial samba of the Bahian backlands and where I spend the time I can out in the small communities (fishing villages usually) where this music still exists.

"Sparrow" is the English-language version of what Brazilians call me...Pardal. David Dye was here last year and I organized a show for his World Café:

http://www.xpn.org/world-cafe/guests/item/2917-samba-chula-de-sao-braz-and-randy-sparrow-roberts

Given that there is fascinating music all over the world, and that there is no organized way of discovering that most of it even exists, I came up with a system wherein people can in effect recommend musicians and other people can follow those recommendations if they see fit. Among other things this allows us the privilege (as I see it) of being able to take the advice of people in a position to know what outsiders to their music can't.

The guiding concept is based on the small-world/6-degree phenomenon, which says that there is an average of six steps between you and Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock and Ry Cooder and every nightclub singer in Havana and every fiddle player in Donegal and every whirling dervish in Istanbul and every throat singer in Tuva and every DJ in Berlin and every musician and producer you've ever heard of and millions you haven't.

The codex (Latin for book) allows people to create their own curated lists of recommending links, taking other people directly to musicians (and others) they believe should be heard. Reflecting life, all are interconnected within the codex, the result being that for the first time since man began making music over 30,000 years ago, ALL musicians and their music have the means to be found by everybody everywhere within the vicinity of planet Earth.

You can be an integral part of the solution to a millenia-old problem. Set up a hyper-discoverable MusiCodex page absolutely free (from where you can also link out to your Spotify Artist Page, Facebook, Twitter, webpage, blog, download sites, etc., making it easier for others to find these). Non-musicians welcome too. It's a brave new music world, curated by the deepest, most subtle and powerful recommendation software ever devised: the collective human mind.

www.musicodex.com

Thank you!

Sparrow Roberts
www.musicodex.com/profile/sparrowroberts
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Portuguese Classes & Lessons in Salvador

SHEILA WAKSMAN, a carioca (native of Rio) living in Salvador and a fluent English-speaker, has a range of courses which are delineated on her website at www.basicalingua.com. Sheila teaches in Barra.

SONIA-PORTUGUESE is a website (run by Sonia, of course) for English-speakers, dedicated to teaching the Portuguese language.  Lots of good information and excellent tips for free, and Sonia's book and course on CD ROM are also available. The website is at www.sonia-portuguese.com.

* A few notes for those intending to learn Portuguese (I will, as a matter of necessity, approach this from an English-speaker's point-of-view):

I'll start with the English language r. It doesn't exist in Portuguese. And when it creeps (or blares) its way in it sounds terrible. It's what Brazilians imitate when they make fun of English-speakers (particularly Americans, who pronounce it in a more, well, a more pronounced manner).

In Brazilian Portuguese an r at the beginning of a word is pronounced like an English-language h. When talking about a cidade maravilhosa they say "Hio". Conversely, a Brazilian with a little knowledge of English tends to pronounce red as "head": "This pencil is head!" Pretty ridiculous, but that's how a lot of us sound to them too. And it gets worse...

The English-language r does happen to be approached in one region of the country -- the interior of São Paulo -- where the accent is perceived by the rest of the country the way a Manhattanite might perceive, say, Billy Bob Thornton's accent: It makes us sound like hicks who can't talk right.


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