Hello! I'm "Sparrow" Roberts. This site is mine, but the network belongs to all the tremendous (and merely wonderful) people who are on it. Things began simply as The Online Guide to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, but given that music is so paramount here, and so compelling, I wanted a way to publicize the particular genre that I love (chula, or samba chula, the primordial African samba which is in so many words the highly moving delta blues of Brazil) in the hope that there might be a few more people around the world who will feel as I do. My methodology was inspired in pre-Civil War African Americans' "grapevine telegraph" (from where we get the expression "I heard it through the grapevine"). That is: EVERYBODY can publicize what THEY love, recommending other people (these recommendations appear on one's I RECOMMEND THEM tab), and then THOSE people recommend people, and those people recommend people...these recommendations-in-series forming long followable internet vectors running throughout the universe of music in our time and capable of opening the world (or some of it anyway) up to people and music we'd never otherwise discover, while conversely offering musicians both unknown and established a means to reach new and perhaps more distant audiences (like free, world-spanning publicity).
We began with a musician who rose from poverty only to have his major label career crushed under the boot of Brazil's dictatorship (and be forced into exile under the threat of death): Raimundo Sodré. And with men of stunning talent, known only to their communities and a miniscule set of chula insiders here: João do Boi and Bule Bule (who may be seen in)...
Ciarán Carson is here!
Ned Sublette is here!
Michelle Mercer is here!
Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin is here!
Albin Zak is here!
Jim Gavin is here!
Ned Sublette is here!
Phil Jamison is here!
When logged in, click on the gear icon (which will ONLY be visible when logged in) in a profiles's header image. Then click on "Recommend Me".
You will immediately appear on the THEY RECOMMEND ME list of the person being recommended, and they will immediately appear on your I RECOMMEND THEM list.
You can likewise click on the RECOMMEND ME's that are associated with profile names on people's incoming and outgoing recommendations lists.
In addition to recommending people in and of themselves, one may ALSO recommend people categorically by clicking on these categories on CATEGORICAL IN tabs. The people you so recommend, and the specific categories, will appear via a link on your CATEGORICAL OUT tab.
This allows people to search within categories, by types of music, or locations, for example.
In order to set this up for yourself all you have to do is type any category you wish (you can make up your own) on your CATEGORICAL IN tab. You can look at the categories on any page to get an idea of what's already there.