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Brazilian Popular Music - Brazilian Popular Music Brazilian...

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Brazilian Popular Music Brazilian music comes in as many flavors as the tropical fruit sherbets we mention in the Food & Drink section of our Web site. Don't feel intimidated by the Portuguese words and names you will encounter. Read on and enjoy! Visit our Music & Folklore Page to learn more about the extraordinary diversity of Brazil's music. The Roots of Brazilian Music - Part I - The three major contributions to Brazilian culture: Indian, Portuguese and African. The Indians The Portuguese first arrived in Brazil on April 22, 1500. (This occasion, like so many others in Brazilian history, has been duly commemorated in a carnaval song.) We know quite a lot about what they found, in musical terms, thanks to two extraordinary accounts of the music of Brazilian aboriginals dating from the 16th century. The French Calvinist pastor and writer Jean de Léry published in 1578 a book called Viagem à Terra do Brasil (Journey to the Land of Brazil), in which there were included illustrations, detailed descriptions of dances and rituals, and transcriptions of some musical refrains of the Tupis. Gabriel Soares de Sousa, a Portuguese colonist and chronicler, described in his 1587 treatise called Tratado Descritivo do Brasil
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