1. Travel Brazil - Pedra Do Sal


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    In February 2013, I had the absolute pleasure of travelling to Rio for Carnivale with the winners of World Nomads Travel Film Scholarship (http://journals.worldnomads.com/scholarships/) Not only was it a great opportunity to mentor two young aspiring filmmakers, it also gave me the chance to indulge in another of my too infrequently realised passions, live music. Pedra do Sal, is known to most Cariocas (Rio residents) as the birthplace of Samba. Located in the Saúde neighborhood of Centro near Praça Mauá, this was where in the 17th century, the first African immigrants from Bahia settled. It was originally a large slave market (formerly known as Pedra da Prainha) before becoming a cultural hub for the Bahian population. I was also blessed that a Carioca member of our Ask A Nomad community, Clarisse Hammerli, had so generously given her time to take us along and spend the night explaining to us the different meanings and histories of the songs. She's also shared a list of her favourite traditional Samba music here - http://grooveshark.com/playlist/Carnaval+Rio/88838563 This was a brilliant night, a wonderful communal expression of the shared love of Samba. if you're keen to experience what I did, I highly recommend that you make contact with a local Carioca and go along with them. There is no better way to understand the passion for local music, than with a local! If you have any questions about travelling to Rio, feel free to hit up our Ask A Nomad community here - http://answers.worldnomads.com/locations/35394/map-of-brazil ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chris Noble is the General Manager of WorldNomads.com and will forever be indebted to the World Nomads of Rio that shared their knowledge and passion over the Carnivale period. He has a renewed love of Samba music and still dances as if his feet were held apart by a broom handle. This film was directed, shot and edited by our very talented nomad, Brian Rapsey - http://www.rhapsodypictures.com.au

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