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Axé Bahia still leads the Brazilian pop charts with its upbeat combination of African, Caribbean and funny rhythms and sounds! Smiles, Happiness and No Stress are the rules of Bahia Carnival, where the Axé music and dance is one of Bahians wonderful culture! Afro-Brazilian beats will keep you’re the people moving as they dance. Olodum, Timbalada, Ilye Aiye are a few of the afro blocos that will bring the rhythms of Afro Bahia. The festive music of happiness of Carnival in Bahia keeps people in a party mood as they dance with on Axé Bahia music!


A little (hi)story from Axé Bahia  

Axé (Ahh-shay) Music takes its name from an Afro-Brazilian term meaning "peace be with you") and originated with the percussion of the Afro-bloco Carnival groups. Axé music does not really have an "official" birthday. However, in the late 1980s, a new pop form that a journalist decided to name the style of music that was rapidly evolving throughout Bahia and Pernambuco as Axé music, hit the record charts. Axé combines samba reggae with rock, jazz, salsa, and other Latin rhythms. Many of the blocos afros formed subgroups of bandas who play Axé in pop concerts and on the massive trios elétricos. The hugely influential frevo music from Pernambuco gave fricote/axé music its fast tempo and beat. This influence can clearly be seen today as bands continue to increase the tempo and the music gets wilder and wilder. Before Axé music took over Bahians Carnival, frevo was the music of choice for most blocos.The 200 Salvador Trio Electrico work year-round now taking their distinctive sound as far North as Cancun Mexico.


Their success can be traced to Ijexá music introduced by Ilê Aiyê in the 70's who mixed in heavy rhythms from the Afro-Brazilian Candomblé religion to begin the ascendancy of Salvador's distinctive Carnival traditions. Salvador de Bahia was Brazil's first center of government (from 1549 to 1763), but remains its musical capital. For centuries, Bahia was home of the Portuguese the sugar industry, and the slave trade. As a result, today Salvador is the largest center of African culture in the Americas. Amidst the colonial architecture and cobblestone streets, there is the unmistakable beat of Bahians drumming. You can hear it in the stereo speakers and boom boxes blasting the latest Axe pop music. It becomes overwhelming when the large drumming ensembles take to the streets.


Olodum, Filhos de Gandhi, Ile Aiye, and Carlinhos Brown's Timbalada all perform regularly in public. These groups "Blocos Afros" don't just have two or three drummers, but often number in the hundreds. Salvador de Bahia is a place where people find happiness through music virtually everywhere. On just about any evening, Bahia's top bands can be found drumming in the streets, or performing in clubs. Like Rio, the city of Salvador is famous for its carnival.


For both cities, it is an enormous festival leading up to Lent. That is where the similarities end. Rio Carnival is famous for its Samba schools, elaborate costumes (or at times no costumes), and a huge parade held at the Sambodromo Stadium and Salvador is Brazil's street carnival! It lasts for weeks. The music begins daily as early as noon and runs until 7 or 8 the next morning      



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