Monday, March 30, 2015

Made in Brazil: Academic Studies of Brazilian Music


"Made in Brazil: Studies in Popular Music" (Routledge Books) is an essential new book of essays on Brazilian popular music written entirely by Brazilian academics and edited by Martha Ulhôa, Felipe Trotta, and Claudia Azevedo. I had the honor of translating the text from Portuguese to English.

"The Invention of Brazil as the Land of Samba," "Cosmopolitanism and the Stigma of Tecnobrega Music," "Choro Manuscript Collections of the 19th and 20th Century: Written Transmission of an 'Oral' Tradition," "The Construction of Memory About the Oito Batutas," "Ethnomusicology in Cyberspace: Samplertropofagia and Virality in YouTube Videos" and ten other essays analyze old and contemporary Brazilian popular music from an academic perspective and challenge many existing assumptions about their individual subjects.

"Made in Brazil" is available worldwide through Amazon:
Made in Brazil (Amazon U.S.)
Made in Brazil (Amazon U.K.)

More info on the book:
Routledge Books: Made in Brazil

More information on my translation work:
Translator Chris McGowan (Portuguese/English)

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Beija-Flor: Rio's Carnaval Winner in 2015



Beija-Flor took first place in the February, 2015 samba school parades during Carnaval in the Sambódromo in Rio de Janeiro. It was accused by many of having been sponsored this year by Equatorial Guinea, a dictatorship. Beija-Flor's many recent victories have also raised eyebrows about the impartiality of the parade judges. Nevertheless, they did put on quite a show, as usual.









Read about Carnaval and samba in The Brazilian Sound:
by Chris McGowan and Ricardo Pessanha

Also by Chris McGowan: The Brazilian Music Book: Brazil's

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Unidos da Tijuca


The Unidos da Tijuca samba school had Switzerland
(and various aspects of its heritage and artistry)
as its theme for Rio de Janeiro's 2015 Carnaval.








Read about Carnaval and samba in The Brazilian Sound:
by Chris McGowan and Ricardo Pessanha

Also by Chris McGowan: The Brazilian Music Book: Brazil's

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Viradouro





Viradouro and actress Juliana Paes in Rio de Janeiro's
escola de samba (samba school) parades for the 2015 Carnaval

Read about Carnaval and samba in The Brazilian Sound:
by Chris McGowan and Ricardo Pessanha

Also by Chris McGowan: The Brazilian Music Book: Brazil's

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Imperatriz Leopoldinense


Imperatriz Leopoldinense, paying tribute to Nelson Mandela
in Rio de Janeiro's 2015 Carnaval (Carnival) celebration





Read about Carnaval and samba in The Brazilian Sound:
by Chris McGowan and Ricardo Pessanha

Also by Chris McGowan: The Brazilian Music Book: Brazil's

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