Bossa Mundo: Brazilian Music in Transnational Media Industries

Bossa Mundo: Brazilian Music in Transnational Media Industries

by K.E. Goldschmitt


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Brazilian music has been central to Brazil's national brand in the U.S. and U.K. since the early 1960s. From bossa nova in 1960s jazz and film, through the 1970s fusion and funk scenes, the world music boom of the late 1980s and the bossa nova remix revival at the turn of the millennium, and on to Brazilian musical distribution and branding in the streaming music era, Bossa Mundo: Brazilian Music in Transnational Media Industries focuses on watershed moments of musical breakthrough, exploring what the music may have represented in a particular historical moment alongside its deeper cultural impact.

Through a discussion of the political meaning of mass-mediated music, author K. E. Goldschmitt argues for a shift in scholarly focus—from viewing music as simply a representation of Otherness to taking into account the broader media environment where listeners and intermediaries often have conflicting priorities. Goldschmitt demonstrates that the mediation of Brazilian music in an increasingly crowded transnational marketplace has lasting consequences for the creative output celebrated by Brazil.

Like other culturally rich countries in Latin America—such as Cuba, Mexico, and Argentina—Brazil has captured the imagination of people in many parts of the world through its music, driving tourism and international financial investment, while increasing the country's prominence on the world stage Nevertheless, stereotypes of Brazilian music persist, especially those that valorize racial difference. Featuring interviews with key figures in the transnational circulation of Brazilian music, and in-depth discussions of well-known Brazilian musicians alongside artists who redefine what it means to be a Brazilian musician in the twenty-first century, Bossa Mundo shows the pernicious effects of branding racial diversity on musicians and audiences alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190923532
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Series: Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

K. E. Goldschmitt is Assistant Professor of Music (ethnomusicology) at Wellesley College. They specialize in the music in the global media industries, sound studies, and music of the Portuguese-speaking world. They previously taught at University of Cambridge, New College of Florida, and Colby College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Mediation, Attention, and Brazil's Musical Brand 1

1 Copying the Bossa Nova: Jazz and Dance Fads in the Early 1960s 24

2 Adult Contemporary Bossa Nova: The Jet Set and Easy Listening on Record and in Film 52

3 From Fusion to Funk: Brazilian Musical Strategies of Racial Affiliation in the 1970s 76

4 Brazilian Music as World Music in the Late 1980s 106

5 Remixing Brazil: Distraction and Retro Taste at the Turn of the Millennium 139

6 Constructing a New Music Industry: Musically Branding Brazil in the 2010s 170

Epilogue 199

Bibliography 207

Index 225

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