Popular Musical Genres in Brazil

Task

Investigate the ways in which came to popular musical genres function as cyphers for wider ideological and social debates in the Brazilian context of the 1940s and 1950s.

Why was jazz looked upon so disfavorably by some Brazilian intellectuals?

Why was the United States itself interested in promoting the similarities between jazz and samba?

Why is samba said to have appealed to the Brazilian middle-classes?

What were the tensions underlying the Estado Novo’s promotion of samba?

How were debates about samba, revised or recycled in relation to Bossa Nova?

Number of words

2500 words

Popular Musical Genres in Brazil