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The Trio Elétrico, a strong representation of Salvador’s Carnival, was born in 1950, from a jalopy adapted by Dodô and Osmar, the Fobica, which went out on the streets with a driver, playing the songs of the time.
In the 1970s, Bahian singers began to compose especially for carnival and to join the trios. From then on, Salvador’s Carnival was consolidated as a typically Bahian party. The songs, which used to come from Rio de Janeiro, were now created and sung in Bahia.
The Afro Blocks emerged with an aesthetic proposal influenced by the Indian blocks, but bringing their ethnic origin to the songs, dances and clothing. Ilê Aiyê, Cortejo Afro and Malê Debalê are examples of large Afro groups.
The birth of Ilê Aiyê reinforced the re-Africanization process of the festival and contributed to the appearance of the afoxé “Badauê” and the rebirth of the afoxé “Filhos de Gandhy”, and the cultural growth of the Carnival in Salvador; which began to emphasize conflicts and protest against racism.
In the mid-1980s, axé music gained strength. This new model is influenced by Jamaica, Cuba, wind instruments, percussion. The big names are Luiz Caldas, Sarajane, Moraes Moreira, Daniela Mercury, Banda Mel, Netinho and Olodum. From then on, the carnival consolidated its Bahian brand and became known and admired throughout the world.
Salvador Carnival starts six days before Ash Wednesday or on a Thursday night. It is spread over seven circuits and twelve neighborhoods in Salvador with musical performances and parades by carnival groups, as well as space for bailinhos, electronic music, rock stage.
Revelers celebrate in three main circuits: Dodô (Barra–Ondina), Osmar (Campo Grande–Avenida Sete) and Batatinha (Historical Center).
In its 400 years of many transformations and enormous growth, Carnival in Bahia entered the Guinness World Record list in 2004 as the largest street Carnival in the world.
Notting Hill Carnival
The first entry from Batala into Notting Hill was based out of Portsmouth over 20 years ago.
Giba and less than 20 members playing 3 tunes, Direto, Piraja and Reggae went in one mini bus and experienced carnival for the first time.
Notting Hill has now become a huge part of the Batala year. It is organised not just by one group but with contributions from many members and groups who over the years have ensured the event happens. A true Batala Mundo event!
It brings together approximately 250 members from Batala’s all over the world. For four days intensive and demanding practices are combined with meeting new and old friends and we go out and represent what we hope is one of the best of what Batala has to offer.
While many carnivals across Europe come from religious tradition, Notting Hill Carnival has a different origin.
The first ever ‘Caribbean Carnival’ was held in St Pancras town hall in 1959. Although it didn’t take place in Notting Hill, even then the event was heavily linked to the Notting Hill community.
In the late fifties, racial tensions in London were running high. The previous decade had seen an influx of people from the West Indies answering the call from England to help its post-war reconstruction, and giving up their lives and homes in the Caribbean.
Although these people were coming from colonies of the British Empire, there was less than a warm welcome in the UK. The tension between the white British community and the West Indian community came to a head during the 1958 Notting Hill race riots.
After the scenes of violence had calmed down, the West Indies residents wanted a way to celebrate their culture and remind them of home.
One of the main people associated with starting the carnival was Claudia Jones, a Trinidad and Tobago-born journalist and activist who had been kicked out of the US because of her Communist party membership. She also founded Britain’s first major black newspaper, the West Indian Gazette, in 1958.
Jones helped organise the carnival and had some of the proceeds from ticket sales be used to pay for the legal fees of people arrested in the previous year’s riots.
The carnival featured palm trees from Kew Gardens, a black beauty contest, music and dancing. It was even filmed by the BBC. The carnival took place in the hall for five years before moving to a street festival in 1964.
Since that first carnival in a town hall in 1959, the Notting Hill Carnival has grown to be one of the biggest events in London.
- Play our repertoire together: this is an opportunity to become familiar with some the leaders of the different groups and their way of leading. Practising choreography, ensuring we all know our fundamentals and learning to work in different ways;
- Learn new songs with our mestre Giba who, at each Encontro, passes his knowledge and music and shows us how to learn together and keep our core values of community and growth strong and united.
It is also an opportunity to be immersed in another culture and of course party!