The Bahian Carnival in Salvador, Brazil, is one of the most vibrant and exuberant carnival celebrations in the world. Known for its energy, music, and rich cultural heritage, the carnival takes over the streets of Salvador for an unforgettable experience. The festivities begin weeks before Ash Wednesday, with parades, street parties, and live performances filling the city with infectious rhythms of Afro-Brazilian music like samba, axé, and samba-reggae. One of the highlights of the Bahian Carnival is the trio elétrico, a large truck equipped with powerful sound systems and live bands, where performers and revelers dance along the streets, creating a euphoric atmosphere. The carnival also features elaborate costumes, stunning floats, and captivating choreography, showcasing the creativity and diversity of Bahian culture. With its contagious energy and joyful spirit, the Bahian Carnival offers an immersive experience that celebrates the cultural heritage and vibrant soul of Salvador.
Here's your soundtrack. Okay, maybe they're not exactly brazillian but their music is awesome and their live shows legendary.Now, Brazil covers almost half of South America and its Amazon rainforest is the world's largest jungle... which is rapidly getting cut down. The country is basically one giant botanical garden with some bangin' cities on its edges.Brazil was colonized in 1808 by the royal court of Portugal, which was fleeing Napolean's troops. They didn't stay long, and Brazil won its independence in 1822.Its biggest city, Sao Paulo, is the financial hub of South America. Brazil is the "b" in BRIC -- Brazil, Russia, India and China. These four were labeled the world's fastest developing large economies in the year 2001.Brazil is known for three things: amazingly beautiful women, carnival, and Pele -- King of Football, Athlete of the Century, football ambassador of the world and a declared national treasure.Brazillians can tell foreigners a mile away, by the way their hips move. Samba is built into the soul of brazil and carnival is when it bursts out into twenty-four hour undying explosions of sound on every street.This picture of mask diving at the Taipus reefs makes me shed hot and salty tears all over my calendar, which is set on "January" right now.Text by Steve Smith.