Rhythms of Resistance

Rhythms of Resistance : African Musical Heritage in Brazil

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African rhythms are at the heart of contemporary black Brazilian music. Surveying a musical legacy that encompasses over 400 years, Rhythms of Resistance traces the development of this rich cultural heritage. Acclaimed author Peter Fryer describes how slaves, mariners and merchants brought African music from Angola and the ports of East Africa to Latin America. In particular, they brought it to Brazil - today the country with the largest black population of any outside Africa. Fryer examines how the rhythms and beats of Africa were combined with European popular music to create a unique sound and dance tradition. Fryer focuses on the political nature of this musical crossover and the role of an African heritage in the cultural identity of Brazilian blacks today.Rhythms of Resistance is an absorbing account of a theme in global music and is rich in fascinating historical detail.show more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 150 x 230mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745303838
  • 9780745303833

About Peter Fryer

John A Walker recently retired as Reader in Art and Design History at Middlesex University. The author of a number of books on art theory and aspects of popular culture, his other Pluto press titles include Cultural Offensive: America's Impact on British Art since 1945, and Art and Outrage: Provocation, Controversy and the Avant Garde.show more

Table of contents

Maps List of illustrations Preface Introduction 1. The heritage of Nigeria and Benin: music for worship 2. The Angola heritage: capoeira and berimbau 3. The 'Angola warble': street cries and worksongs 4. Brazil's dramatic dances 5. Three vanished instruments 6. The African dance heritage 7. Brazil's Atlantic dances 8. The emergence of Brazilian popular music 9. Maxixe and urban samba Appendix A: Continuity and change in the music of the Kongo-Angola culture area Appendix B: African musical instruments in Brazil Appendix C: The Brazilian musical heritage in Nigeria and Benin Appendix D: The music and dance of Cape Verde Appendix E: Relacao da fofa que veya agora da Bahia: extract Discography Notes Indexshow more

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'Peter Fryer has now taken the study of the history of Brazilian music to another level' -- Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studiesshow more

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