Afro Ethnic Tourism: 04 places to visit

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ZUMVI. Carmo. Salvador Bahia. Foto João Lima @joaolima.

Photography, art, dance, cooking. Discover places that extol the black historical and cultural legacy in the city of Salvador

Land of creativity, Salvador breathes culture and Africanities. There are several Afrocentric experiences spread across the city. Visit Salvador da Bahia prepared a list of 04 places to discover black culture through art, music and gastronomy.

Zumví Afro Photographic Archive

This is a collective of black photographers with the aim of making images of Afro-Brazilian culture, a photography archive committed to the affirmative image of the Black people. In the gallery, which works in Carmo, you can see the collection on display and even buy the products.

ZUMVI Photographic Archive is an institution created in 1990 by Lázaro Roberto, Ademar Marques and Raimundo Monteiro, three young black people from the outskirts of Salvador, who lived in an adverse historical context in the midst of the Military Dictatorship and the difficulties of being black in the blackest city outside of the African continent.
The goal was to do documentary photography, or photojournalism. Without this pretension, these photographers created a “visual Quilombo”, developing an Afro way of recording and creating an archive of imagery memories of black people, something never done in contemporary Brazil.

Today, Lázaro has been working with the collection without the other partners, as they started to dedicate themselves to other activities. Before that, however, they both left the photographs and their records in his care. In the last seven years, Lázaro has had the help of his nephew, the historian José Carlos Ferreira, who has been developing and facilitating academic research on the collection in the field of memory, culture and race, as well as in the institution’s executive production. Learn more at this link. https://www.zumvi.com.br/o-zumvi/

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Zumví Afro Photographic Archive
Instagram: @zumviarquivofotografico
Location: Ladeira do Carmo, 28. Historic Center, Salvador.
Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday, from 10 am to 7 pm. Sunday, from 2 pm to 7 pm.
How to buy: go to the virtual store, buy what you want, and receive the order at your home. If you have any queries, send an email to: contato@zumvi.com.br. https://loja.zumvi.com.br/

“Encruzilhada” Exhibition

Full of symbology, the “Encruzilhada” exhibition brings together the essence of African culture and its religions, in addition to the legacy of Afro-Brazilian art. Occupying the exhibition spaces of the Chapel and the Large House of Solar do Unhão, at the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, it proposes a dialogue between the Museum’s modern and contemporary collection and the Claudio Masella African Art Collection from Solar do Ferrão (@museusdabahia /@ ipacba ). In the curatorship are: the prestigious visual artist from Bahia, Ayrson Heráclito, and the curator of MAM, Daniel Rangel.

”Encruzilhada” is a meeting of artists from different historical, social and racial contexts, who articulate tensions in the production of visualities, whose centrality of their creative interests is activated from the universe of Afrodiasporic cultures. Some of the themes transit between the sacred and everyday emergencies, as well as aesthetic references and approaches from around 18 ethnic groups from different regions of Africa.

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Exhibition “Encruzilhada”
Location: Museum of Modern Art of Bahia – MAM, Av. Lafayete Coutinho, no number – Comércio, Salvador – BA.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm, until August 14th.
Period: from April 18 to August 14, 2022.
More information: www.mam.ba.gov.br or by phone (71) 31176132 and 31176139 (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 3 pm).
Free access.
Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/CcLCP6TrvDa/

Ajeum da Diáspora

Ajeum da Diáspora is a gastronomic and cultural project that aims to value Afro-Brazilian cuisine. Ajeum is an opportunity to bring together people interested in tasting delicacies from our vast cuisine, always counting on a touch of creativity and originality.

The project, conceived by Angélica Moreira in 2013, works regularly in the cook and hostess’s own home. The diverse menu is full of recipes loaded with flavors brought from Africa. Another strong point of the project, highlighted by everyone who has got the chance to know it, is the proposal of sharing, inherited from African ancestry and applied at the Ajeum table.

Ajeum da Diaspora is located in the Tororó neighborhood, in the center part of Salvador. The restaurant is frequented by locals and tourists. There’s a wide variety of dishes, such as: Hauçá rice; Efó with Fish; Jambalaya; Chicken Yassa; Jollof rice; Maniçoba and others.

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Ajeum da Diáspora
Gastronomic-cultural event
Instagram: @ajeumdadiaspora
Address: Rua Amparo do Tororó, 157, Tororó. Near Buffet Caravelle
Opening hours: Sundays, from 1pm on
Price: BRL 50.00 (per person)
Contacts: Daza Moreira (71) 99160-8933/ 99127 1595/ ajeumdiaspora@gmail.com

A Marujada Bar

If there’s a place that believes in the things of Bahia and in the Bahian’s power, it’s the “A Marujada” bar. The place’s premise is “to keep memories of the ancestors who fought and resisted so that today it is possible to make this cultural movement in the public square”.

It hosts, among other events, samba de terreiro every Thursday. The staircase of Passo returned to the night scene mainly because of this bar. The samba shows promoted by the bar are a way of marking territory and promoting popular culture in Bahia. The group of ogans “Alacorin” is responsible for transmitting the samba of terreiro and Recôncavo Baiano.

And we can’t talk about a bar without talking about its menu, can we? With creations led by Sarah (@sahbarbi), you can choose from a Bobó de Camarão and Maniçoba, to a delicious ham sandwich. But our special tip is the cupcake called Siribará, created by Sarah herself. It is made with abará and cassava dough, breaded with corn flour, with crab filling and vatapá as an accompaniment. Choose a table inside the mansion or one of those scattered across the street, order a cold beer or a drink and have fun.

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A Marujada Bar
Instagram: @amarujada
Rua do Passo, 37, Santo Antônio
Opening hours: Thursday and Friday, from 6 pm to midnight. Saturday and Sunday, from 12 pm to 4 pm and then from 6 pm to midnight.
Alacorin Group – Musician/band – @ alacorinn


Restaurante Ajeum da Diaspora. Tororó Salvador Bahia. Foto Safira Moreira

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