I arrived in Salvador da Bahia, the land my Tabom ancestors left close to 200 years ago for their freedom in West Africa, more specifically Accra Ghana (then the Gold Coast). I almost didn’t include Salvador in this Brazil trip after flight prices sky rocketed due to the holidays, and my credit card suddenly not… Continue Reading →
Salvador: It’s not Goodbye
My stay in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil ended with a collaborative shoot with artist Jan Siebert for a visual idea I had to share some insight into my Salvador trip through film. Jan went along with my ideas and contributed his own creativity… Here’s a quick edit of some of my fav shots in the… Continue Reading →
La Frida: Empowering Black Women through Cycle-Activism
My introduction to La Frida was by coincidence almost a month ago, walking through Santo Antonio when I caught eyes with Diana, La Frida’s in-house mechanic, and we both gave that “Hey black girl” recognition nod! I continued walking but something told me to go back and ask for a photo as the framing through… Continue Reading →
Salvador’s ‘Panteras Negras’ are The World’s First All Black & Female Instrumental Band
I put it out there to the universe that I wanted to use my time in Salvador to connect with some badass women… I might be on a break from Diversity Matters, but my quest to showcase diverse narratives continues – so meeting band members of Panteras Negras didn’t disappoint!
Ojire Moda Afro: Jewellery of the Ancestry
Beautiful hand crafted jewellery created by Ojire, a Brazilian artisan jewellery designer who’s work centres around the cowry shell; a symbol used in connection of African and AfroBrazilian culture.
With Love From Salvador Bahia
You might not physically be here in Bahia with me, however a postcard is the least I can send as a ‘thank you’ for joining me on my journey via my blog!
Tabom no Brasil: Reflections of the Malê Revolt in Bahia 184 Years Later
Finding my roots in Brazil Part of understanding who my Tabom ancestors were, and subsequently who I am, includes unravelling the past events which lead to them fleeing Brazil for their freedom back to West Africa… To be back in Bahia, in 2019 – The Year of Return – on the date of the… Continue Reading →
Invitation to attend “Tabom in Bahia” film screening at Aparelha Luzia, São Paulo
2019 marks 400 years since the start of the West Africa Trans Atlantic Slave Trade which which is documented to have began in 1419. 2019 marca os 400 anos do início do tráfico de escravos do oeste africano pelo atlântico, documentado desde o começo de 1419.
Maira’s List: Top 5 places to visit in Salvador!
Salvador da Bahia! Historically known as the “City of the Holy Saviour of the Bay of all Saints”. Brazil’s vibrant Afro-Brazilian capital, renowned for its positive energy (which by the way is contagious) and happy people, has had an immense impact on me since my arrival earlier this year. So to say goodbye not just to the city… Continue Reading →
Carnival da Bahia… Ouro Negro!
If you choose to be in Salvador da Bahia for the ‘The biggest street party in the world’ as opposed to Rio’s world-famous Sambadrome, or any other carnival in Brazil for that matter, there is most probably a reason behind this decision.