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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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Secular Impulses

Secular Impulses

Dancing to the Beats of Different Drummers

(p.127) 5 Secular Impulses
Let's Make Some Noise

Clarence Bernard Henry

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines how young Afro-Brazilian drummers of the blocos afro in Salvador have taken the art of sacred drumming into contemporary popular music production in Brazil. It discusses the involvement of young musicians in the “let’s make noise” philosophy as part of the Negritude black-consciousness movement in their communities. The chapter also explores the sacred/secular connections of social movements and highlights the continuing enthusiasm of blocos afro for drumming that continued to influence the “secular impulses” of audiences.

Keywords:   Afro-Brazilian drummers, blocos afro, Salvador, sacred drumming, popular music, Brazil, let’s make noise, black-consciousness movement, social movements

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