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Rhythms of Resistance: African Musical Heritage in Brazil

by Peter Fryer - £24.99  Pluto Press (2000)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780745307312 | ISBN 10: 0745307310

African rhythms are at the heart of contemporary black Brazilian music. Surveying a legacy that encompasses over 400 years, Peter Fryer traces the development of this musical crossover and provides the first in-depth survey of the integration of African, Portugese and Brazilian music. He describes how the music and dance styles of black Africa - in particular Angola, Benin and Nigeria - were brought to Brazil - today the country with the largest black population of any outside Africa. Fryer examines how the rhythms, beats, instrumentation, street cries & worksongs of black Africa combined with European dance music to create a unique sound and dance tradition in Brazil. He focuses on the political nature of this musical integration and the role of African heritage in the cultural identity of black Brazilians today.

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