The Mystery of Samba: Popular Music and National Identity in Brazil / Edition 1

The Mystery of Samba: Popular Music and National Identity in Brazil / Edition 1

by Hermano Vianna, John Charles Chasteen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807847666

ISBN-13: 9780807847664

Pub. Date: 02/16/1999

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807847664
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/16/1999
Series:
Latin America in Translation/en Traduccion/em Traducao Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
369,160
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Translator's Preface
Author's Preface to the U.S. Edition
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. The Encounter
Chapter 2. The Mystery
Chapter 3. Popular Music and the Brazilian Elite
Chapter 4. The Unity of the Nation
Chapter 5. Race Mixture
Chapter 6. Gilberto Freyre
Chapter 7. The Modern Samba
Chapter 8. Samba of My Native Land
Chapter 9. Nowhere at All
Chapter 10. Conclusions
Notes
Index

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