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By Greg Scruggs, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For those unfamiliar with Lapa, there is a famous side street Rua Joaquim Silva that snakes past the Arcos de Lapa (Lapa Arches) and up toward the Ladeira Santa Teresa (the mosaic-covered staircase). Walking through on a Friday night one would be forgiven for thinking they had landed in an alternate universe Kingston with all the sounds, sights and smells of Jamaica.

Roots Reggae and Rastafarian culture are, in fact, fairly popular . . .

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