Music Scenes and Migrations

Music Scenes and Migrations

Space and Transnationalism in Brazil, Portugal and the Atlantic

Edited by David Treece

Anthem Brazilian Studies

‘Music Scenes and Migrations’ brings together new work from Brazilian and European scholars around the themes of musical place and transnationalism across the Atlantic triangle connecting Brazil, Africa and Europe, with particular attention to the role of the city in producing, signifying and mediating music-making in the colonial and post-colonial Portuguese-speaking world.

Hardback, 252 Pages


June 2020

£80.00, $125.00

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About This Book

‘Music Scenes and Migrations’ brings together new work from Brazilian and European scholars around the themes of musical place and transnationalism across the Atlantic triangle connecting Brazil, Africa and Europe. Moving beyond now-contested models for conceptualizing international musical relations and hierarchies of powers and influence, such as global/local or centre/periphery, the volume draws attention instead to the role of the city, in particular, in producing, signifying and mediating music-making in the colonial and post-colonial Portuguese-speaking world. In considering the roles played by cities as hubs of cultural intersection, socialization, exchange and transformation; as sites of political intervention and contestation; and as homes to large concentrations of consumers, technologies and media, Rio de Janeiro necessarily figures prominently, given its historical importance as an international port at the centre of the Lusophone Atlantic world. The volume also gives attention to other urban centres, within Brazil and abroad, towards which musicians and musical traditions have migrated and converged – such as São Paulo, Lisbon and Madrid – where they have reinvented themselves; where notions of Brazilian and Lusophone identity have been reconfigured; and where independent, peripheral and underground scenes have contested the hegemony of the musical ‘mainstream’.

The contributions to the volume are grouped according to three key thematic areas. ‘Colonial and Post-Colonial Transnationalisms, Migrations and Diasporas’ focuses on the musical movements and fluxes that have traversed the Atlantic world since the colonial period, including the diasporic extensions of African music-making; the role of early forms of mechanical music-recording in mediating between Portuguese and Brazilian popular songs in nineteenth-century Rio de Janeiro; the story of música caipira in articulating the ‘rooting’ and ‘uprooting’ migratory experience of the São Paulo peasantry in the twentieth century; and the contemporary phenomenon of Brazilian musicians living in the cities of Lisbon and Madrid, where they negotiate the needs and expectations of their expatriate communities, tourists and local audiences.

‘Relocating Rio de Janeiro’ considers how, in its identification with key musical traditions such as samba, pagode and choro, the city has been a contested space – geographically, symbolically and politically – whether in the memories and mythologies of key neighbourhoods and locations of music-making as expressed in the musical discourses themselves, through music’s involvement in the material forms of community life and popular culture, including religion, carnival and other festivals, or through the competing claims of official state institutions and policies, the recording industry and grassroots communitarian initiatives.

The essays in ‘Demetropolitanizing the Musical City: Other Scenes, Industries, Technologies’ explore how contemporary developments in the independent, underground and peripheral music scenes in Brazil and Portugal have challenged traditional narratives and hierarchies that dichotomized the field in terms of national tradition v. internationalism, mainstream v. margins, pop v. popular. Genres such as sertaneja universitária, funk, heavy metal, Brazilian jazz and instrumental music, post-Vanguarda Paulista MPB and rap are considered in the light of profound shifts in the economy and technology of the music industry, including fluctuations in the recording sector, the internationalization of audiences, and the rise of YouTube, among other video-based digital platforms, as a predominant medium for the consumption of music.


‘Music Scenes and Migrations is a most welcome addition to popular music studies of the Lusophone world with a particular focus on Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro as loci of transnational circulation and exchange. Against models of globalization that only recognize unidirectional flows of information and sensibilities, the contributors highlight a long history of colonial and postcolonial musical cosmopolitanism involving multidirectional dialogues among circum-Atlantic cities in Africa, the Americas and Europe.’ —Christopher Dunn, Associate Professor, Spanish, Portuguese and Africana Studies, Tulane University, USA

‘Music Scenes and Migrations presents cutting-edge research and reflection on popular music of the Luso-Atlantic world, deftly exploring the balance between rich local scenes and deep trans-Atlantic patterns. The volume pushes beyond the national to emphasize migration, diasporas and contested local spaces. Translation of key works from the original Portuguese and attention to accessibility throughout opens some of the best recent scholarship to a broader public. This is a welcome addition to our understanding of Brazilian music in its context of recurrent Atlantic exchange and innovation.’ —Bryan McCann, Department Chair, Department of History, Georgetown University, USA

Author Information

David Treece, author and educator, is Camoens Professor of Portuguese at King’s College London, where he has taught and researched on Brazilian culture since 1987.


Anthem Brazilian Studies

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction, David Treece; Part 1 Colonial and Postcolonial Transnationalisms, Migrations and Diasporas; Chapter 1 The Cimboa and Cape Verdean Transcultural Heritage, Luiz Moretto; Chapter 2 Lundus , Street Organs, Music Boxes and the ‘Cachucha’: Early Nineteenth- Century Transatlantic Crossings between Europe and Rio de Janeiro, Martha Tupinamb á de Ulhôa; Chapter 3 Música caipira and Rooting, Ivan Vilela; Chapter 4 Lusofonia as Intervention: Postcolonial Intercultural Traffic in Lusophone Hip Hop Events, Bart Paul Vanspauwen; Chapter 5 ‘A Piece of Brazil in Lisbon’: Brazilian Musical Practices in the Portuguese Capital, Amanda Fernandes Guerreiro; Chapter 6 ‘Calentando la Ciudad’: Intimacy and Cosmopolitanism among Brazilian Musicians in Madrid, Gabril Dan Hoskin; Part 2 Relocating Rio de Janeiro; Chapter 7 Samba, Its Places and Its City, Cláudia Neiva de Matos; Chapter 8 Between Temple Yards and Hillsides: Rio de Janeiro’s Samba, Its Spaces, Humour and Identity, Fabiana Lopes da Cunha; Chapter 9 The Construction of a Canonical Space for Samba and Choro within the Brazilian Social Imaginary, Micael Herschmann and Felipe Trotta; Chapter 10 The National Arts Foundation and the Monumentalization of Rio de Janeiro’s Popular Music as National Heritage, Tânia da Costa Garcia; Chapter 11 Samba, Anti-Racism and Communitarian Politics in 1970s Rio de Janeiro: Candeia and the Quilombo Project, David Treece; Chapter 12 Samba, Pagode and Mediation: From Backyard to Disc, Waldir de Amorim Pinto; Part 3 Demetropolitanizing the Musical City: Other Scenes, Industries, Technologies; Chapter 13 Brazilian Post- Punk in the Catalogue of the Independent Record Company Baratos Afins, Marcia Tosta Dias; Chapter 14 M ú sica Pesada Brasileira: Sepultura and the Reinvention of Brazilian Sound, Jeder Silveira Janotti Junior; Chapter 15 Digital Culture, Music Video, and the Brazilian Peripheral Pop Music Scene, Simone Pereira de Sá; Chapter 16 An Introduction to the New Social Place of Brazilian Rap: The Work of Emicida, Daniela Vieira dos Santos; Chapter 17 Another Music in a Diff erent (and Unstable) Room: A Route through Underground Music Scenes in Contemporary Portuguese Society, Paula Guerra; Notes on Contributors; Notes; References; Index.


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