Olodum is a cultural group based in the Afro Brazilian community of Salvador, the capital city of the state of Bahia, Brazil. It was founded by percussionist, Neguinho do Samba.
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, to encourage self-esteem and pride among Afro Brazilians, and to fight for civil rights for all marginalized groups.
Olodum is widely credited with developing the music style known as samba reggae and for its active participation in carnaval each year. Neguinho do Samba, the lead percussionist, created a mix of the traditional Brazilian samba beat with merengue, salsa, and reggae rhythms for the Carnaval of 1986. This became known as samba reggae. This "bloco afro" music is closely tied to its African roots, as seen through its percussion instruments, participatory dancing and unique rhythm. It also directly draws from many Caribbean cultures, like Cuba and Puerto Rico. Olodum's performing band (or Banda) has released records in its own right and has been featured on recordings by Brazilian stars such as Simone and Daniela Mercury.

Olodum performed on Paul Simon's 1990 album The Rhythm of the Saints and at the subsequent concert in Central Park, New York City on August 15, 1991.

In 1995, Olodum appeared in the second music video for Michael Jackson's single, "They Don't Care About Us" (the original "Prison version" was banned on most music stations due to its violent scenes). 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 Discography Tracks


Olodum Egito Madagáscar Continental (3) Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
1.01.404.362 Olodum Núbia Axum Etiópia(LP) Continental (3) 1.01.404.362 Brazil 1988 Sell This Version
01.404.383 Olodum Do Nordeste Do Saara Ao Nordeste Brasileiro(LP) Continental (3) 01.404.383 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
Olodum Da Atlântida à Bahia... O Mar É O Caminho (Album) Continental (3) Brazil 1991 Sell This Version
Olodum A Música Do Olodum (Album) Continental (3) Brazil 1992 Sell This Version
Olodum Revolution In Motion (Album) World Circuit UK 1992 Sell This Version
Olodum O Movimento Warner Music Brasil, Continental (3) Brazil 1993 Sell This Version
VICP-8104 Banda Reggae Olodum* A Música Do Olodum Banda Reggae(CD, Album, Promo) GEL (2) VICP-8104 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
Olodum Filhos Do Sol (Album) Continental (3) Brazil 1994 Sell This Version
4509-98253-2, 4509982532 Olodum Filhos Do Sol(CD) Continental (3), Warner Music Brazil 4509-98253-2, 4509982532 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
Olodum Sol E Mar Olodum Ao Vivo Em Montreux Continental EastWest Germany 1995 Sell This Version
063016616-2 Olodum Roma Negra(CD, Album) Continental (3) 063016616-2 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
Olodum Liberdade (Album) Continental EastWest Germany 1997 Sell This Version
Olodum Pela Vida (Album) Cheiro Produções, Abril Music Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
2-495526 Olodum A Música Do Olodum - 20 Anos(CD) Columbia 2-495526 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

115903138 Olodum Rosa(12", Promo) Continental (3) 115903138 Brazil 1994 Sell This Version
115903156 Olodum Cartão Postal(12", Promo) Continental (3) 115903156 Brazil 1994 Sell This Version


Olodum The Best Of Olodum (Comp) Continental (3) Brazil 1992 Sell This Version
857381680-2 Olodum Enciclopédia Musical Brasileira(CD, Comp) Wea Music, Continental EastWest 857381680-2 Brazil 2000 Sell This Version
857387110-2 Olodum Olodum(CD, Comp) Warner Music Brasil 857387110-2 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
5050466694720 Olodum 2 LPS Dose Dupla(CD, Comp, RM) Warner Music Brasil, Warner Strategic Marketing Brasil 5050466694720 Brazil 2003 Sell This Version
5051442472622 Olodum Nova Série(CD, Comp) Warner Music Brasil, Rhino Records (2) 5051442472622 Brazil 2007 Sell This Version
C 063010479-2, C063010479-2 Olodum 2 LPs Dose Dupla(CD, Comp, RM, RP) Continental (3), Continental (3), Continental EastWest, Continental EastWest C 063010479-2, C063010479-2 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version


0108-9 Olodum Olodum 25 Anos (Ao Vivo No Festival De Verão Salvador)(DVD-V, NTSC) Bahia Cinema & Video, Som Livre, Globo Video 0108-9 Brazil 2005 Sell This Version

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