Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Celebrating 35 years, Olodum maintains its roots and the struggle for the affirmation of black culture


Note from BW of Brazil: Anyone who has had the pleasure of visiting Salvador, Bahia, known as the country’s center of black culture, knows that learning about the black pride … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Baiana singer Larissa Luz branches off into a solo career mixing elements of Jamaican music, Candomblé and Rock


Note from BW of Brazil: Talented singer/songwriter Larissa Luz paid her dues as the lead singer of the popular bloco afro Ara Ketu and is now carving out a name … Continue reading

September 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Carnival season begins with accusations of "apartheid" against black bloco afro groups in Salvador


Although it may appear that it’s early to start talking about Carnaval as the event doesn’t actually start until late February, but in reality, the preparation occurs behind the scenes … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · 5 Comments

The continuous white appropriation of northeastern Afro-Brazilian Axé music


Claudia Leitte Carnaval campaign ad Earlier this year in February during Carnaval season, BW of Brazil published a short article entitled, “The dominance of the European aesthetic in Bahia’s media” which hinted … Continue reading

October 22, 2012 · 21 Comments