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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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Let's Make Some Noise

Clarence Bernard Henry

University Press of Mississippi

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.

Keywords:   axé music, Brazilian popular music, Candomblé religion, Afro-Brazilian culture, black religious expressions, black artistic expressions, let’s make noise, West African àsé

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