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Brazilian Music History

FIFA World Cup 2002 Showtime, For the players the time had come to display the outcome of sheer hard work and for those cheering in the grip of football fever it meant celebration. Unity in such circumstances provides strength to the team which ultimately leads to success.

In the stadium where the Brazilians had assembled flowed the samba style of Brazilian music. How music united the people and how Brazil won the game is now history. For the people of Brazil, music is passion, a unique relation that binds them together.

The slaves who were brought from Africa played rattles and panpipes and thus the music of brazil was born. The Native Americans who were composing for performing religious rituals contributed an add-on to the sounds that came from musical instruments. It was named Rhythm.

Later on as time progressed, styles of Brazilian music emerged due to Indian and Portuguese influence. Journey to the Land of brazil published by Jean de lery in 1578 explains the blend of music cultures which created Brazilian music.

With the aim of converting the people to Christians the Jesuit missionaries landed on the Brazilian soil introducing Christian songs, Gregorian chant, flute, clavichord and the bow. This laid the foundation of folk music in Brazilian music history.

Types of Music

Indigenous and folk music branched into Capoeira music which is named after a sport; Marcatu which is generally played during carnival; Afoxe music, associated with black Brazilian activism and independence movement of Gandhiji and Carimbo music which are dominating Eastern Amazon for centuries.

The Brazilian popular music is traced back to the time when radio was used introduced as a medium of communication. The reserved and private music called Choro; Bassa nova, the fusion of jazz melodies; the combination of American and European style called Tropicalia; funk carioca, a dance music form; free style frevo; Brazilian rock n roll are the different varieties of popular music in Brazilian history.

Today's Brazilian pop music, MPB which means Musica popular brasileira has evolved from tropicalia.


Whistles, horns, drums and rattles were the only instruments familiar to the natives of brazil. But the era of popular music witnessed instruments like tambourines, flutes, guitar and piano

A major role in the development of Brazilian music was played by artists and composers. The contribution towards Brazilian music in the classical period by Jose Mauricp Nunes Garcia and Gabriel Fernandes; Franciso Manuel da Silva and Antonio Carlos Gomes in the Romantic period are truly commendable.

Later when Carmen Miranda and Gal Costa captured the attention through popular music Brazilian music history made additions into its diary of events.

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