The mystery of samba : popular music & national identity in Brazil

by Vianna, Hermano, 1960-

Format: Print Book 1999
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks ML3465.V5313 1999
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks
Call Number  ML3465.V5313 1999
Samba is Brazil's "national rhythm," the foremost symbol of its culture and nationhood. To the outsider, samba and the famous pre-Lenten carnival of which it is the centerpiece seem to showcase the country's African heritage. Within Brazil, however, samba symbolizes the racial and cultural mixture that, since the 1930s, most Brazilians have come to believe defines their unique national identity.

But how did Brazil become "the Kingdom of Samba" only a few decades after abolishing slavery in 1888? Typically, samba is represented as having changed spontaneously, mysteriously, from a "repressed" music of the marginal and impoverished to a national symbol cherished by all Brazilians. Here, however, Hermano Vianna shows that the nationalization of samba actually rested on a long history of relations between different social groups--poor and rich, weak and powerful--often working at cross-purposes to one another.

A fascinating exploration of the "invention of tradition," The Mystery of Samba is an excellent introduction to Brazil's ongoing conversation on race, popular culture, and national identity.

Additional Information
Series Latin America in translation/en traducción/em tradução.
Subjects Samba (Dance) -- Brazil.
Popular music -- Brazil -- History and criticism.
Music -- Social aspects -- Brazil.
Publisher Chapel Hill :University of North Carolina Press,1999
Other Titles Mistério do samba.
Contributors Chasteen, John Charles, 1955-
Language English
Description xx, 147 pages ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [119]-135) and index.
ISBN 080782464X (cloth : alk. paper)
0807847666 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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