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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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From the Sacred to the Secular

From the Sacred to the Secular

Popularizing Candomblé Rhythms

(p.56) 2 From the Sacred to the Secular
Let's Make Some Noise

Clarence Bernard Henry

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the importance of music in Candomblé, and discusses how some of the sacred rhythms have been appropriated and secularized by Brazilian popular musicians and by Bahian Carnival organizations such as the afoxés. It explains that Candomblé music is often intertwined in a sacred/secular dichotomy and continues to play a major role in contributing to the vibrancy of the religion. The chapter also contends that Candomblé music links practitioners with the past and demonstrates how traditional aesthetic values were not obliterated by the conditions of enslavement but instead were sustained in the minds and bodies of the people.

Keywords:   Candomblé music, sacred rhythms, Brazilian popular musicians, Bahian Carnival organizations, afoxés

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