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Brazilian Jive
Author: David Treece

ISBN: 9781780230856
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1 June 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.8 x 1.91
Description:
As Brazil grows in stature as a global power, more and more people are discovering the country's fascinating culture, and especially the striking exuberance and inventiveness of Brazilian 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. Brazilian Jive focuses on the cultural struggles that music-making in Brazil represents, 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 the music sprang out of the pain and dispossession of slavery and as a result, inspired by African traditions and conceptions of the world, it celebrates new ways of moving freely in time and space. Brazil could be said to have 'performed' itself as a nation, creating a soundscape redolent with the rhythms and tones of the modern, but expressing as well its dissonances and contradictions. There is also a conversation between melody and word that is the songwriter's craft, but which in Brazil also signifies a larg...

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