The Sounds of Salvador
Bahia in the eastern part of Brazil is renowned as the guardian angel state of Latin American composers and musicians. Salvador is enjoying a renaissance at the summit of Brazil’s musical traditions.
Our gallery includes some of the most famous of these Salvador music icons, and at Miraviva we’ve enjoyed many evenings listening live to both Ivete Sangalo and Daniela Mercury.
Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso carry with them Brazilian history beyond music. In 1968, they were arrested and imprisoned by the country’s military dictatorship. In 1970, they were released on condition that they left Brazil. They moved to the United Kingdom and in London, influenced both Brazilian and British music forever.
Dorival Caymmi was a Brazilian singer, songwriter, actor, and painter active for more than 70 years beginning in 1933. He contributed to the birth of Brazil’s Bossa Nova movement, and several of his samba pieces, such as “Samba da Minha Terra”, “Doralice” and “Saudade da Bahia”, have become staples of “Música popular brasileira”.
Every Saturday, as the sun sets in Salvador, in a wonderful setting on the eastern shore of the All Saints Bay, which provides a magnificent home for Salvador’s Museum of Modern Art, or MAM as it is more popularly known, visitors to the city can enjoy some of the best live instrumental music in the city, as the famed “Jam no MAM” strikes up. Its core band line-up hosts some of the city’s best instrumentalists and their invited guests.
The state of Bahia is the percussive heart of Brazil. Its African soul, with its mind-boggling rhythms has attracted many to its shores. We are delighted to offer our guests workshops with Giba, himself a former member of Gilberto Gil’s band and percussion instrument maker. A choice is offered from a selection of beats and wondrous instruments and his lessons can be scheduled and pitched at differing skill levels to suit all talents, and age groups.