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 developed one:

There are, per the small-world phenomenon, six (or so) steps between Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock and Ry Cooder and you. Between every nightclub singer in Havana and you. Between every fiddle player in Donegal and every whirling dervish in Istanbul and every throat singer in Tuva and you. Between you 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. Among other things this system allows us the privilege of being able to take the advice of people in a position to know deeply what outsiders to their music can't.

Moreover, codexed people are universally interconnected, the connections following the mathematics and sociology behind the small world phenomenon. A logical consequence of this is that for the first time since man began making music over 30,000 years ago, ALL musicians and their music can potentially be found by everybody everywhere within the vicinity of planet Earth.

It's easy to be an integral part of this grand solution to a millenia-old conundrum. Set up a hyper-discoverable, world-wide-wired MusiCodex page absolutely free (from where you can also link out to your Spotify Artist Page, Facebook, Twitter, webpage, blog, download sites, etc.). Non-musicians welcome too.

All are, to a brave new music world, a musical democracy 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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Salvador's Weather

Tropical Variance

Salvador's current weather conditions (updated every several hours or so; measured at the airport) are brought to you here courtesy of weatherunderground.com. As the banner suggests, clicking will bring up a (nine day) forecast (and plenty of advertising!).

Salvador da Bahia is, of course, a tropical city, with a southerly latitude of 12 degrees 58 minutes (the Central American country of Guatemala is positioned at a corresponding northerly latitude). So while the weather tends towards glorious, there are seasonal variations, and the tropical sun is a force to be reckoned and dealt carefully with (this and some common misperceptions are dealt with in Frequently Asked Questions).

Bahian nights are the stuff that dreams are made of, like nights in the Garden of Eden. This isn't true one hundred percent of the time of course (they can be rainy, or occasionally too humid), but the vast majority are soul-nurturing meteorlogical perfection.


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The Good, the Bad, & the Beautiful
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Home - Salvador Central

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A Tour Guide to
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A Tour Guide to Salvador

Salvador, the City

Salvador & Its Spirit

A Short History of
Salvador da Bahia

A Short History of Salvador da Bahia

Carnival in Salvador

Carnival in Salvador

What Brazil Does Best...

Salvador's Music Site

The World Cup in Salvador

World Cup Salvador

Salvador's Old City: Pelourinho

Salvador's Old City

Salvador's Neighborhoods, Streets,
Praças & Byways

Salvador's Neighborhoods

Blood, Sweat, & Prayers: Salvador Sites
& History

Salvador Sites

Once Upon a Night in Brazil:
A Short History of
Brazilian Music

A History of Brazilian Music

Sweet Fields, Bitter Harvest:
The Music of Bahia

Music of Bahia

And the Whole Musical Planet!

Salvador's Music Site

About Us

About Us

The Sacred & the Profana: Festas

Festas

Food & Eating Out in Salvador

Food in Salvador

Drinking in Salvador

Drinking in Salvador

Salvador's Beach Scene

Salvador's Beaches

Islands in the Bay

Islands in the Bay

What's On in Salvador

What's On in Salvador

Frequently Asked Questions

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Download GREAT
Brazilian Music

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Ubiquitous Deities: Candomblé

Candomblé

Capoeira: Dance Like a Baryshnikov, Hit Like a Kalashnikov

Capoeira

Salvador's Afoxés & Blocos Afros

Salvador's Afoxe's & Blocos Afros

Percussion Classes in Salvador:
Heaviest Hands

Percussion Classes in Salvador

Brazilian Music
Workshops & Tours

Brazilian Music Workshops

Group Lodging in Salvador:
Professional & Student

Group Lodging in Salvador

Learning Portuguese:
Lessons & Classes

Learning Portuguese

Money Matters

Money Matters

Buying Property in Salvador

Buying Property in Salvador

S.O.S. Brazil: Volunteer Work

Volunteer Work

How to Avoid Being
Robbed & Cheated

How to Avoid Being Robbed & Cheated

Off Salvador's Beaten Track

Off Salvador's Beaten Track

How to Get Around:
Buses, Taxis, & Cars

How to Get Around

Black Market: Bahian Bazaar

Black Market

Outside of Salvador

Outside of Salvador

Other Voices

Other Voices

Kindred Spirits &
Fellow Travellers

Kindred Spirits

Fiction from Bahia

Fiction from Bahia

Dental Help in Salvador

Dental Help in Salvador

Current Weather & the Forecast

Current Weather

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