One of many similar groups in the city (and elsewhere in Brazil), it offers cultural activities to young people, largely centered around music; it also offers theatrical productions and other activities.
Founded in 1979, its stated aims are to combat racism and socio-economic inequality, to encourage self-esteem and pride among African Brazilians, and to fight for civil rights for all marginalized groups. The group is an active participant in carnaval each year. The group draws 4,000 people to parade in the bloco (which has about 200 musicians) at Salvador carnival, gives lectures on social and political issues, and publishes a monthly news journal, Bantu Nagô. The group also runs a factory for clothes and musical instruments sold to the public and a school for Salvador's poor children.
During the Bahia Carnival Olodum, along with such other afoxe blocos as Ara Ketu, Timbalada, Geronimo, and Filhos de Ghandi, parade in amazing costumes through the streets of Salvador on wild mobile floats, their music shouting out though the streets via loudspeakers.
In 1995, Olodum appeared in the music video for Michael Jackson's single, "They Don't Care About Us". The music was changed slightly to fit Olodum's style of drumming. The "Olodum version" (unofficial title) of the song has since become more popular than the original album version. Olodum also performed on Paul Simon's album "The Rhythm of the Saints".
|1||Etiopia Mundo Negro|
|2||Luz E Blues|
|6||Iemanja Amor Do Mar|
|7||Unindo Uma Miscigenacao|
|8||Banda Reggae Olodum|
|10||Ad Duas Historias|
|11||Oh! Luar Do Setrtao|
|14||Cansei De Esperar|
Olodum - Revolution In Motion (1992)
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