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Rhythms of Resistance
African Musical Heritage in Brazil
Peter Fryer




Wesleyan
2000 • 281 pp. 13 illus, Fig. 2 maps. 2 tables. 6 x 9"
Music / Latin American & Caribbean Studies

$26.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6418-4

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"The greatest strength of Fryer's book is that it explains the African contribution to Brazilian popular music within a transatlantic framework involving multidirectional, triangular flows of cultural contact between Africa, Europe, and the Americas."—Luso Brazilian Review

The first definitive history of the full range of African contributions to Brazilian music.

African rhythms are at the heart of contemporary black Brazilian music. Surveying a musical legacy that encompasses over 400 years, Peter Fryer traces the development of this rich cultural heritage. He 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. He focuses on the political nature of this musical crossover and the role of African heritage in the cultural identity of black Brazilians today. The result is an absorbing account of a theme in global music that is rich in fascinating historical detail.

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PETER FRYER is best known as the author of Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain (1984).



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