Music in Brazil
Global Music Series
By John P. Murphy
Book and CD
Part of the Global Music Series which introduces world music with the focus on how people make music meaningful and useful in their lives.
Music in Brazil covers a wide spectrum of music including samba, bossa nova, Tropicalia, and MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira); regional traditional and popular music; Brazilian rock, rap, and elctronica; and such genres as sertaneja (similar to country-and-western music) and brega (sentimental pop).
The book is organized around the themes of unity, diversity, cosmopolitanism, and verbal artistry. For example: samba's major part in annual Carnaval celebrations; regional genres of music; connections of music and aspects of Brazilian culture, especially language and gender.
Includes illustrations, guided listening activities, and a 60-minute audio CD containing examples of the music discussed in the book, many of which are the author's field recordings.
I. Music and National Identity
1. Samba, Brazil's National Music
2. Projecting Brazilian Identity Nationally and Internationally
II. Music and Regional Identity
3. Expressing Afro-Brazilian and Indigenous Identity
4. The Sound of the Northeast
5. Expressing Southern Brazilian Identity
III. Musical Cosmopolitanism
6. The Innovative Music and Scene of Recife
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