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The blog focuses on music, fashion, art, design, politics and culture. It is a celebration of trailblazing souls who rise up without compromise.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February 2: Iemanjá Day

February 2nd is Iemanjá Day in Brazil. She is the Queen or Goddess of the Ocean, the patron deity of the fishermen and the survivors of shipwrecks, the feminine principle of creation and the spirit of moonlight.

Below is a clip from the excellent documentary Saravah, which was filmed by Pierre Barouh in 1969. The documentary features Baden Powell, Maria Bethania, Pixinginha and Paulinho Da Viola. Baden Powell plays the the song 'Canto de Iemanjá' from his classic Afro Sambas LP with Vinicius De Moraes.

You can watch it on netflix.

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