This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about axé music and the African origins of Brazilian popular music. The book examines how sacred themes, imagery, and symbols from Candomblé religion, music, musicianship and culture have been appropriated in Brazilian popular music and Afro-Brazilian culture. It also explores the sacred/secular connections of black religious and artistic expressions in Brazil with African and other African diasporic areas where West African àsé has spread and been nurtured. This chapter discusses the philosophy of young Afro-Brazilians called “let’s make noise,” who create vibrant drumming ensembles and participate in different social organizations.
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