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Africanness in Action – Essentialism and Musical Imaginations of Africa in Brazil - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Africanness in Action: Essentialism and Musical Imaginations of Africa in Brazil

Juan Diego Díaz


This book discusses how musicians from Bahia, an emblematic African diasporic location in northeastern Brazil, think about, discuss, compose, rehearse, perform, and stage music inspired by what they perceive to be their own African ancestry. It argues that these musicians assert Afro-Brazilian identities and connect to the African continent and other diasporic places by creatively engaging essentialized notions about African music and culture: instead of mechanically reproducing these tropes, they emphasize them or downplay them. The book theorizes these preconceived notions about African musi ... More

Keywords: Afro-Brazilian music, trope, African diaspora, Bahia, Candomblé, berimbau, capoeira, Brazilian jazz, ethnomusicology, musical analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197549551
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197549551.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Juan Diego Díaz, author
Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, UC Davis