Salvador De Bahia, Brazil
Northeastern Brazil, where Salvador de Bahia lies, developed as an important center for sugarcane production. You can see the enormous wealth that came from the crop reflected in the grand mansions and gold-lined churches in Pelourinho. You can also see reflected in the population, the legacy of the slaves that worked many of the plantations. Today nearly 80% are of African descent. This heritage has influenced the food, art, religion and music of the area. In the last 15 years, a new form of music called axé has evolved, blending complex African drumming rhythms with reggae melodies to create a uniquely Salvadoran sound.