BRAZIITAN FOLKLORE GROUP
FROM THE STATE [F BAHIA
The Bahian Folk Group was founded in 1962 to increase
student interest in popular Brazilian culture by means
of research and performing without eliminating the
spontaneity and authenticity of Brazilian folk music.
This group was the first in the state of Bahia and
continues Under the original supervision and orienta-
tion of Miss Emilia Biancardi FerrFira. memberss of
VIVA BAHIA come from-various d&nce schools in the state,
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"SAMBA DE RODA"
The most popular dance of 3ehia.
!"Samba de Rode" is the living
force of the choreography of
"Bahianas" in their twist and
"Capoeira" used to be a fight
but today it is practiced as a
dance, to the sound of several
musical instruments, predomin-
antly the "Birim.bau".
Each rhythm brings a different
step. There are many "Capoeira"
schools in Salvador.
PUXADA DE REDE
"Xareu" fishing is an important
work phase and at the same time
one of the most precious chapters
of Brazilian folklore.
To the music of the conga drum
and songs the fishing net is tugged
on the beaches full of "Xareus".
The goddess of the sea, "lemanja"
This is "a dance of African origin
which has been greatly enriched
in Bahia without losing its ori--
ginal characteristics. It is a
dramatic dance of religious
character and is presented at the
principal religious festivities.
When the African .oegro slaves
were brought to Brazil, along
with their customs, their art
and their cuisine they also
brought their religion,
Its rituals differ according to
its place of origin, especially
Ietu, Angola and Congo.
"L :L,.. DK LEUHA"
Dance dedicated to the planting
season. Its choreography re-
sembles the slavic dances.