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Let's Make Some NoiseAxe and the African Roots of Brazilian Popular Music$
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Clarence Bernard Henry

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604730821

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604730821.001.0001

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The Sacred/Secular Popularity of Drums and Drummers

The Sacred/Secular Popularity of Drums and Drummers

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(p.106) 4 The Sacred/Secular Popularity of Drums and Drummers
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Let's Make Some Noise
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Clarence Bernard Henry

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604730821.003.0005

This chapter examines Candomblé musical performance, the role of drummers in Candomblé, and the influence of Candomblé musicians as popular music icons in their communities. It explains that the role and significance assigned to the drum in the African and African diasporic experience reflects various types of beliefs, social and cultural practices, and religions within diverse historical contexts. The chapter also suggests that Candomblé musicians have “performative power,” are catalysts for axé music, and can be considered as major players in a dramatization of the spiritual world.

Keywords:   Candomblé musical performance, drummers, Candomblé musicians, drum, African diasporic experience, performative power, axé music

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