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Decade of 1980

1980s (Trio do Chiclete with Bloco Chameleon) - Photo / Reproduction: A Tarde
1980s (Trio do Chiclete with Bloco Chameleon) - Photo / Reproduction: A Tarde

In the early 80s, the transformation of Salvador's Carnival intensified even more and it was up to the 'Traz Os Montes' block to introduce some innovations, such as the assembly of an electric trio with transistorized equipment, installation of air conditioning to cool and maintain the equipment at a tolerable temperature, removal of the mouths of speakers, installation of rectangular speakers, elimination of the traditional percussion that was on the sides of the trio and insertion of a band with drums, singer and other musicians on top of the truck.

In 1981, the Eva block, which emerged in 1980 and considered one of the most irreverent and innovative entities in Carnival, decided to radicalize even more than 'Traz Os Montes' and hired engineers to sign the structural calculation for the new trio and the entire system of sound that imported from the United States (as a new sound table and several peripherals necessary for the perfect functioning of the trio and the band). Thus, Eva caused the other blocks to be forced to invest in their trios as well.

The public and the critics began to clearly notice the stark difference between their equipment and the others, as well as the quality of the singers and bands. That same year, the Governor of Bahia signs Decree 27.811, which determines the suspension of working hours in public offices on the Friday of the week prior to the carnival.

A year later, the presence of so many people on the streets of Salvador was registered that the traditional patrons of Praça Castro Alves (intellectuals, professionals and transvestites) were extremely irritated by the invasion of the traditional liberal stronghold. This year, the shroud began to disappear as a carnival costume, with the option of shorts, shorts or overalls.

At the 1983 Carnival, there were around 30 to 40 new rhythms. In 1988, for the first time, a large Afro block, Olodum, paraded in Barra. The year of commemoration allusive to the centenary of the abolition of slavery in Brazil, whose theme was 'Bahia de Todas as Áfricas'.

1980s (Trio do Chiclete with Bloco Chameleon) - Photo / Reproduction: A Tarde
1980s (Trio do Chiclete with Bloco Chameleon) - Photo / Reproduction: A Tarde
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