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In the Matrix

Salvador Central is a guide to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil...and it's also a matrix providing access to creative people, many if not most of them previously cut off from us...

Artists with publicity backed (paid for) by major corporations are easy to find. Commerciality, not quality, is the key (which is not to say that these are necessarily mutually exclusive). The irony though is that MOST of the world's most wonderful, moving, incandescent, finger snappin', you-name-it musicians are NOT pushed by the major media complex...and they are therefore difficult if not impossible to be found by most of the world outside of a limited mileu. There are no connections between them, and us.


So we create an environment for creating connections.

Major media creates pipelines. We set up a system wherein INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE can create pipelines. These pipelines are then joined together to create worldlines (yes, we borrowed the term from Minkowski, for any physicists out there about to complain).

In our sense a pipeline is a link to a creative artist (mostly musicians for now) one thinks more of the world should hear or hear of. If, for example, Herbie Hancock wants to curate...recommend somebody...then I'm interested in checking out that recommendation! And there's a good chance that that recommendee's recommendations might also be interesting. And the next generation(s) down this particular (world)line... Whatever the case, we ourselves choose the curators the advice of whom we wish to follow. The pool of prospective curators being as wide and as deep as humanity itself, and including people knowledgeable in areas we don't even know exist.

Why? Bahia is one of the world's musical King Solomon's mines. The great bay for which Bahia was named ("bahia" is the old orthography for "bay") received more enslaved human beings than any other port-of-call on earth throughout humanity's history. Seemingly ironically, these people created some of the most powerfully body & soul moving music ever heard (and danced to). This music is to Brazil what the delta blues and early jazz are to the United States (the profound root from which would spring so much)...

But the blues are known and played and sung everywhere from Tupelo, Mississippi to Tokyo, Japan. By teenagers and octagenarians. They are studied and written about, in books popular and erudite; their native grounds the focal points of pilgrimages originating practically everywhere...

Who's ever heard of Bahian chula ("chula" indicated something beautiful in Spanish; in Portuguese it means something cheap, debased, of no value)? It was the term applied to the slaves' music and is now used proudly to denote Bahia's primordial African samba, the music which would travel south to Rio after slavery's abolishment in 1888 with Bahians looking for employment, much as American blacks moved north in the early 20th century).

We created our matrix (matrix comes from mater, Latin for "mother"; the original meaning was "source") to give a wider voice to the people who still live this music. But for it to work for them, it has to work for everybody! You're invited! (sign up from the top of every page; anybody with an opinion can curate...when logged in, click on the little green crosses next to categories on the VECTOR BACKWARD tab on somebody's page to recommend them for those will then appear on their VECTOR BACKWARD tab and they will appear on your own VECTOR FORWARD tab)

We started with Raimundo Sodré, who crossed words with a powerful politician during Brazil's dictatorship, had his career (PolyGram Records) destroyed, was threatened with death, and so left Brazil for 19 years, only returning in 2000. It was Raimundo who so memorably once said: Onde tem miséria, tem música! "Where there's misery, there's music!"

>> To Raimundo Sodre...

In the Matrix