Come And Explore The Music Of Brazil And It’s Rich Diversityby Tribal Stew January 30, 2017
Brazil is one of one the most ethnically diverse places in the world and nowhere is that more clear than in their music. It has a history that is as intricate as it is complex and it’s people have a deep pride in their heritage. Over centuries those who have come to call Brazil home have brought with them all the colours of the world and it has only made Brazil’s culture that much richer. Some of these cultural transplants have stayed very much the same and others have been transformed into something else.
One cannot look at Brazil as a bubble. As early as the 16th century, European colonists provided a framework and a sophistication that wasn’t present before. The introduction to Brazil of formal instruments and musical stylings resulted in a beautiful mesh of chaotic tribal sounds and purity of sound. Another ingredient added to the mix is the introduction of African people to the South American country. Brought to Brazil as slaves and subject to the horrors of being ripped away from their homes to live out their days in a strange world. It didn’t take long for their tribal, raw approach to music to influence the locals.
Lets have a look at what all these factors have created.
Choro has it’s roots in Rio and originated around the 1800’s. The stye is highly instrumental and is created using guitars, chordophones and flutes. The instrumental nature of the sound lends itself to a classical approach. This is mirrored in it’s application to dance styles such as the tango, waltzes and polkas.
Capoeira is technically a sport and not a music style but it has evolved to become one of the most popular in Brazil and the world. The sport itself is never played without it’s musical partner and somehow manages to seem both natural and choreographed. In all it’s forms, Capoeira is from Africa. It was like many other styles brought over by the slaves.
Samba is and probably always will be a staple for the people Brazil. It is easily one of the most popular styles and is played in the media as well as underground clubs. It also uses more instruments such as guitars, flutes and tambourines.