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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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Stylizing Axé as Brazilian Popular Music

Stylizing Axé as Brazilian Popular Music

(p.166) 7 Stylizing Axé as Brazilian Popular Music
Let's Make Some Noise

Clarence Bernard Henry

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines axé music as an innovative contemporary style of Brazilian popular music. It explains that axé is one of the contemporary popular music styles innovated within the locality of Salvador, and that it combines elements of samba and other styles. The chapter traces how axé music was developed over a period of time by young Afro-Brazilians who were involved with the Negritude movement and describes musical innovation in axé music. It also highlights the popularity of axé music in Brazil as a dance craze and discusses its use as an expression of local, social, and ethnic identity.

Keywords:   axé music, Brazilian popular music, Salvador, samba, Negritude movement, musical innovation, dance craze, ethnic identity

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