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Jaguar Magazine #08

  • Text
  • Salvador
  • Materials
  • Morris
  • Cultural
  • Ahmed
  • Mestre
  • Arts
  • Galway
  • Capoeira
  • Jaguar
In this issue, we explore the art of creativity from the Brazilian masters who devised the graceful art of Capoeira, to the Irish artists mixing new culture with old. You will also discover the creative line that links Victorian wallpaper to the iPhone. While the multi-talented actor and performer, Riz Ahmed, explains why it is the right time to reveal his true self to the world.

Travel UNIÃO DOS

Travel UNIÃO DOS PALMARES BRAZIL Verde on the street The all-day drive from Salvador to União dos Palmares is lined with wildlife-rich forests and interspersed with golden beaches In the hot seat Writer Jenni gets snug in the mile-munching Jaguar XE car speakers and the pounding blocos afros (drumming collectives). Paul Simon famously filmed The Obvious Child video here. He harnessed the complex polyrhythms of the local Olodum drummers for his album The Rhythm of the Saints. The only time I can’t hear music here is when the deafening church bells echo through the city. It is said there is a church for every day of the week in Salvador but in fact there are many more than 365. Catholicism and Candomblé commingle as the main religions in this region. Candomblé is itself a fusion of African and Catholic beliefs. At the Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, a packed mass takes place inside while a stream of visitors tether their wishes to the gates in the form of fitas (ribbons). Dozens of women trailing strings of beads dance by, their ample white hoop dresses ballooning in the breeze. They carry flowers, perfume ILLUSTRATION: TIM BOELAARS SALVADOR The Green Line cuts a dramatic path through the Atlantic forest and mirrors to offer Yemanjá, goddess of the sea. Swooping through Salvador’s maze of roads in the XE, the sun casts everything into silhouette against the glittering Atlantic. I skirt the coast where people cluster in the water chatting, small children back-flip into a stony cove, boats idle and bob. I pass a man with a machete 30 feet up a coconut tree clearing debris, only a taut rope loop between him and hospital. My last stop is Forte da Capoeira at dusk. An elegant 17th century fortification against Dutch invaders and erstwhile prison, it now houses several distinguished capoeira academies. I’m delighted to meet Mestre Boca Rica, student of the revered Mestre Pastinha. He’s 83 years old, impossibly limber, impish and charming. We can’t keep him still for a second. His particular passion for capoeira is in creating and preserving the music. He has recorded a number of albums and travels the world spreading the word. Mestre Moraes, also a student of Pastinha and an accomplished academic and composer, was nominated for a Grammy in 2003 for his album of capoeira songs – Capoeira Angola 2: Brincando Na Roda. Boca Rica’s neighbour, Mestra Nani, is the grand- 28 / Jaguar Magazine Jaguar Magazine / 29

 

JAGUAR MAGAZINE

 

Jaguar Magazine celebrates creativity in all its forms, with exclusive features that inspire sensory excitement, from beautiful design to cutting-edge technology.

In this issue, we explore the art of creativity from the Brazilian masters who devised the graceful art of Capoeira, to the Irish artists mixing new culture with old. You will also discover the creative line that links Victorian wallpaper to the iPhone. While the multi-talented actor and performer, Riz Ahmed, explains why it is the right time to reveal his true self to the world.

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