Brazilian Jive: From Samba to Bossa and Rap

Author(s): David Treece

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More and more people are discovering Brazil's fascinating culture, especially the striking exuberance and inventiveness of its popular music. In Brazilian Jive, David Treece uncovers the genius of Brazilian song, both as a sophisticated, articulate art form crafted out of the dialogue between music and language and as a powerfully eloquent expression of the country's social and political history. Focusing on the cultural struggles of music-making in Brazil, this book traces their journey from the rise of samba through the bossa nova revolution of the late 1950s to the emergence of rap in the 1990s. It describes how Brazilian music grew out of the pain and dispossession of slavery and, inspired by African traditions, how it celebrates new ways of moving freely in time and space. Resonant with the rhythms and tones of the modern, the Brazilian soundscape also expresses the country's dissonances and contradictions, while the conversation between melody and word often signifies a larger dialogue between its artistic and political cultures.
Looking deep into those cultures, Brazilian Jive provides fresh insight into how the life of a nation has been performed in some of the world's most remarkable music.


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David Treece is a translator, researcher and teacher of Brazilian popular music, literature and culture at King's College London, where he has been Camoens Professor of Portuguese since 2005.

Preface 1 Brazilian Jive Talk 2 The Bossa Nova Revolution 3 Three Masters, Three Masterpieces 4 Guns and Roses 5 Orpheus in Babylon 6 Rap, Race and Language References Glossary Select Bibliography Discography and Filmography Acknowledgements Photo Acknowledgements Index

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  • : 9781780230856
  • : Reaktion Books
  • : Reaktion Books
  • : March 2013
  • : books

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  • : David Treece
  • : Paperback
  • : 224