Wednesday, 20 May 2009

NOLA calling

I went to NOLA. the city was amazing, so much music and dancing in the streets. I shot a whole video under the rain of people parading. It was a unique experience.

Here's a screenshot of a copy of a document by Jean Baptiste Tardieu from 1798, I found at the Louisiana State Museum. You'll recognize an instrument looking like the berimbau. No great surprise as it was wide spread instrument throughout the American continent wherever slaves were living. Only thanks to the practice of capoeira in Bahia has its use been maintained well into the 21st century. In other parts of the world such as Cuba or the US, it's disapeared.

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