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Let's Make Some Noise – Axe and the African Roots of Brazilian Popular Music - University Press of Mississippi
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Let's Make Some Noise: Axe and the African Roots of Brazilian Popular Music

Clarence Bernard Henry


This book is the culmination of several years of field research on sacred and secular influences of àsé, the West African Yoruba concept that spread to Brazil and throughout the African Diaspora. Àsé is imagined as power and creative energy bestowed upon human beings by ancestral spirits acting as guardians. In Brazil, the West African Yoruba concept of àsé is known as axé and has been reinvented, transmitted, and nurtured in Candomblé, an Afro-Brazilian religion that is practiced in Salvador, Bahia. The author examines how the concepts of axé and Candomblé religion have been appropriated and ... More

Keywords: àsé, West African Yoruba, Brazil, African Diaspora, ancestral spirits, axé, Candomblé, Afro-Brazilian religion, Salvador, Brazilian popular music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781604730821
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604730821.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clarence Bernard Henry, author