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If you have NEVER been to Africa, when someone mentions "Africa" or you hear "Africa", what is the FIRST thing that comes into your mind?

People associate different regions/continent based on media, informational material, myths, stereotypes and such. The main idea of this discussion is to find out what people who never had "first hand experience" think about the continent. Thanks for your contribution.


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  • Apr 8 2013: Hello Mary! Yes, and Brazilians should also learn more about Africans to realize how African we are, and that's a lot more than just an influence, but the core and the best of Brazilian culture. For example, the so worldwide acclaimed Brazilian music such as samba, bossa nova, and their variations, were all built on African drums, not to mention many other rhythms played all around the country, specially in the state of Bahia on the Northeast. Of course, there are other sources of influences, but none of them can be compared to African's contribution in terms of culture and mood. Yes, I hope you'll really make plans to visit Brazil, but I wouldn't recommend you to do it during the soccer world cup period as everything will crowded, expensive and too focused on soccer matches. If I were you, I'd plan to come in other times so that you'd have the chance to get to know the country as it really is over normal day-by-day living. ***** My experience in USA and Canada was very very fortunate, a time of learning many things, including English, time to performing with musicians from all over the world, and many other great things I could spend a day remarking. "Listen" ... if you ever come to Brazil, please remember to let me know. I live in the city of Belo Horizonte, capital of the state of Minas Gerais, and I'd be very glad to meet you, and/or even host you at home. Ok? Don't forget it! Please take a break to feel my tight friendly hug! Take care! Gerdson
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      Apr 10 2013: Hey Gerdson,
      Thanks for the insights about the Africa and Brazil similiarities..I see the sense in visiting non soccer period (Thanks for the advice and head up).....I just love the way Brazilian dance to traditional music...all crowned with colorful outfit and head gears....the women are specially amazing.....I am glad you enjoyed USA and Canada....I would more than glad to listen to your experiences when we meet....."only mountains never meet". Thanks for willing to meet with me on my visit..I will definitely let you know once I plan....I am taking the friendly hug and preserving it to keep me warm.....thanks so much
      Love, Mary
    • Apr 11 2013: Gerdson:
      It's interesting to see that there is also a feedback from Brazil to Africa, with some of those complex rhythms
      modifying native African music. This link to a Ugandan band might be of interest to you:



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