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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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Axé Embodiment in Brazilian Popular Music

Axé Embodiment in Brazilian Popular Music

Sacred Themes, Imagery, and Symbols

(p.82) 3 Axé Embodiment in Brazilian Popular Music
Let's Make Some Noise

Clarence Bernard Henry

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the appropriation of sacred themes, imagery, and symbols from the Candomblé religion in Brazilian popular music, analyzes the sacred/secular connection of Brazilian samba, and describes the iconic images and inspirations for popular songs from the axé music of the Orixás. It also suggests that the appropriations of axé, African roots, sacred themes, imagery, and symbols from the andomblé religion in Brazilian popular music correspond to black expressions of religiosity embedded in popular styles such as soul, reggae, jazz, Afro- Beat, and many others.

Keywords:   Candomblé religion, Brazilian popular music, sacred themes, Brazilian samba, popular songs, axé music, Orixás, religiosity

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