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210 × 148 mm
232 pages
20 illustrations
20 May 2013

Brazilian Jive From Samba to Bossa and Rap David Treece

More and more people are discovering Brazil’s fascinating culture, especially the striking exuberance and inventiveness of its popular music. In Brazilian Jive, David Treece uncovers the genius of Brazilian song, both as a sophisticated, articulate art form crafted out of the dialogue between music and language and as a powerfully eloquent expression of the country’s social and political history.

Focusing on the cultural struggles of music-making in Brazil, this book traces their journey from the rise of samba through the bossa nova revolution of the late 1950s to the emergence of rap in the 1990s. It describes how Brazilian music grew out of the pain and dispossession of slavery and, inspired by African traditions, how it celebrates new ways of moving freely in time and space. Resonant with the rhythms and tones of the modern, the Brazilian soundscape also expresses the country’s dissonances and contradictions, while the conversation between melody and word often signifies a larger dialogue between its artistic and political cultures.

Looking deep into those cultures, Brazilian Jive provides fresh insight into how the life of a nation has been performed in some of the world’s most remarkable music.

‘David Treece pursues Brazilian social, political and historical connections through a particular focus on music-making practices. His narrative weaves together several decades of Brazilian cultural history, with a primary focus on the genres of samba, bossa nova, popular Brazilian music (MPB) and Brazilian rap . . . Brazilian Jive provides an informative discussion for a general audience wanting to learn about some internationally renowned Brazilian popular musical compositions, composers and genres as well as some perceptive insights on connections between sound and associated meaning.’ – Luso-Brazilian Review

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David Treece is a translator, researcher and teacher of Brazilian popular music, literature and culture at King’s College London, where he has been Camoens Professor of Portuguese since 2005.