Music at the Intersection of Brazilian Culture takes an interdisciplinary approach by utilizing several aspects of Brazilian music, race, and food as a window to understanding Brazilian culture, with music at the core.

Through a holistic understanding of the Brazilian experience – exploring issues of race, colonization, sustainable development, and the contributions of the three distinct ethnic groups in the making of Brazil – the authors create a narrative based on their own recollection of memories, traditions, customs, sounds, and landscapes that they experienced in Brazil. Each engaging section begins with an overview of the topic that places it in historical context, and then focuses on each subtopic with a thorough presentation of the content as well as suggested activities that can be implemented in the classroom. The chapters conclude with a list of useful references, resources, and audio recording examples, which are available on Spotify, to present readers with a musical landscape of the folktales. These can be found online via the Routledge catalogue page for this book.

This book is an essential resource for students and teachers of music and cultural studies, as it unpicks complex issues to help readers better understand and appreciate Brazilian culture.

chapter 1|5 pages


chapter 2|23 pages

Brazil and Music

An Introductory Overview

chapter 3|12 pages

Indigenous Peoples in Brazil

The Fight Against Acculturation

chapter 5|23 pages

It’s Not All Black and White

The Myth of Racial Democracy and Capoeira

chapter 6|16 pages

Afro-Brazilian Resistance

Chico Rei and Maracatu

chapter 7|21 pages

Mixing It All Together

Brazilian Popular Music Intersects With Food

chapter 8|18 pages

The Kitchen as a Folk Space

Brazilian Cuisine at Its Best