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Roots Of Samba: Exploring Historic Pelourinho In Salvador, Brazil | July 16, 2013

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  • Randy Roberts discusses samba at his record store in Pelourinho, the historic center of Salvador, Brazil. Photo Credit:&nbsp;Bob Giardini Productions and WXPN&#39;s Kim Junod

The first stop on World Cafe's trip to Brazil was in Pelourinho, the old part of the city of Salvador on the country's northeast coast. In this installment of Sense of Place: RioWorld Cafe captures a performance from the brother-duo Samba Chula de São Braz, in an effort to learn more about the samba style.

The two oldest styles of samba, samba chula and samba de roda, started with African slaves who were brought to Salvador in the Brazilian state of Bahia. São Braz is one village known for its samba roots; it's also where brothers Joao de Boi and Aluminio sing together as Samba Chula de São Braz. They are joined by singer-guitarist Raimundo Sodre, who is dedicated to keeping the original samba sound alive.

World Cafe also discusses samba with Randy Roberts, known as "Sparrow." He's a Pelourinho resident and owner of the Cana Brava record store, which focuses on preserving Bahian musical culture. (Link)

Tracklist: 

(( )) for interlude music

Hour 1

Raimundo Sodre “A Massa” Dengo
Paul Simon “The Obvious Child” The Rhythm Of the Saints
Olodum “Madagascar Olodum” The Best Of Olodum
((Antibalas "Dirty Money" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Samba Chula São Braz “Ao Recôncavo” Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Samba Chula São Braz “Filho da Mãe” Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
((Dr. John "Big Chief" Gumbo))
Jorge Ben “Ponta de Lança Africano (Umbabarauma)” Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 1
Caetano Veloso “O Estrangeiro” Estrangeiro
Carlinhos Brown “Omelete Man” Omelete Man

Hour 2

Gilberto Gil “Soy Loco por Ti, América” Putumayo Presents the Best of World, Vol. 1: World Vocal
Gonzaghuinha “Tanacara” Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Forro In the Dark “Asa Branca” Bonfires Of São João
Moreno Veloso “Arrivederci” Music Typewriter
((DeVotchKa "First Push" Little Miss Sunshine Original Soundtrack))
Teresa Cristina “Tudo Se Transformou” Duetos
Fundo de Quintal “Eu Nao Quero Mais” Ao Vivo Convida
União da Ilha “O Mistério da Vida” Sambas de Enredo 2011
((The Cuban Cowboys "Jintero" Cuban Candles))
Suba “Você Gosta” São Paolo Confessions
Seu Jorge “Tive Razão (I Was Right)” Cru