Maimbê Dandá is one of my favorite Daniela Mercury songs; the lyrics combined with the energy with which Mercury delivers her goods sums up the passion of Brazilian culture and music. Carnaval may have ended a few days ago, but the excitement still lingers for me, even though I have not been since 2010. What I love about this video, filmed on the 11th, is how it displays the setting of Carnaval at Salvador da Bahia. The camarotes (temporary dance floors) facing over the dark expanse of the Atlantic Ocean with the crowds in the street. If you have never lived Carnaval, Salvador is the place to visit this time of year, and Daniela Mercury completes the whole intense yet sublime festivities.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.