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Santo Amaro: A Town of Musicians

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KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross always heard that Santo Amaro was a city of musicians, and wanted to find out why.By Sylvia Maria Gross


Kansas City, MO – Santo Amaro is an old colonial town near the coast of Northeast Brazil and surrounded by sugar cane plantations. It's in the state of Bahia, a region where the Portuguese first settled in the 16th century, and soon after, brought in hundreds of thousands of Africans as slaves. Some people say that Brazil's iconic national rhythm, the samba, was born here.

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