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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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Say It Loud! I’m Black and I’m Proud

Say It Loud! I’m Black and I’m Proud

Popular Music and Axé Embodiment in Bahian Carnival/Ijexá

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Let's Make Some Noise

Clarence Bernard Henry

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the many facets of Bahian Carnival and how various artists, Carnival organizations, and young Afro-Brazilians celebrate their “re-Africanization” with performances of popular music and appropriation of sacred themes, imagery, symbols, and iconography from Candomblé in public celebration. It describes how axé music, sacred themes, and imagery and symbols from the Candomblé religion are embodied, secularized, altered, and negotiated in Bahian Carnival. The chapter also explains how sacred rituals observed in the private sanctum of Candomblé are appropriated by many young Afro-Brazilians in the secular celebrations of Bahian Carnival.

Keywords:   Bahian Carnival, Afro-Brazilians, re-Africanization, popular music, public celebration, axé music, Candomblé religion

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