The editors of this exciting volume recognize a long-standing Brazilian tension between incorporation of foreign musical influence and anxiety over national musical heritage and explore the place of this tension in recent popular music. How have Brazilian musicians negotiated globalization and emerged with creative responses that speak deeply about local concerns? How do consumers of popular music perceive processes of globalization, and how do they give meaning to their own choices?

In answering these questions, the contributors concentrate on four categories: the tropicalist movement of the late 1960s and its recent resurgence; the samba-reggae of Bahia; the mangue beat of Recife; and the funk of Rio de Janeiro and Bahia. As the editors acknowledge, these four categories do not cover the spectrum of recent Brazilian music, but they make for compelling case studies. Liv Sovik and John Harvey demonstrate how the tropicalist qualities...

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