Circular cidade

poetics and groove in the musical expression of four groups from the mangue (mangrove) of northeastern Brazil


  • Yukio Agerkop Centro de La Diversidad Cultural, (Caracas, Venezuela)


Performance, Musical discourse, Verbal art, Poetics, Brazilian popular music, Mangue music


Introduction to the phenomenon consisting of three music groups from Aracaju (Brazil) - Sulanca, Naurêa, Maria Scombona - and one group from Recife (Brazil) - Chico Science e Nação Zumbi, which developed a musical hybridization based on local and regional elements on one hand, and transnational elements on the other. The musicians and their fans are constructing an own sense of locale, stressing the characteristics of the region where they live, with its musical traditions, the current verbal arts, the regional Portuguese, and the playful character of the different musical expressions. This study aims at providing an alternative vision of a specific cultural space, the mangue (mangrove) region of Aracaju and Recife, focusing on different kinds of artistic expressions, the discourse of the musicians who are influenced by urban life, regional cultural expressions and non-brazilian - or transnational - musical trends.


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Author Biography

Yukio Agerkop , Centro de La Diversidad Cultural, (Caracas, Venezuela)

D. in Ethnomusicology from the Federal University of Bahia, defending the thesis entitled "Poética de Uma Paisagem: Discurso e Atuação de Quatro Grupos Musicais da Região do Mangue" (June, 2007). After his studies in Musicology at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands, 1996), he worked as a musicological researcher researcher at the Fundación de Etnomusicología y Folklore (FUNDEF, Caracas). Currently, he works as a researcher researcher at the Centro de la Diversidad Cultural in Caracas, Venezuela. He is producing documentaries about the Dominica and St. Lucia islands of the Eastern Caribbean. He lectures on music from Venezuela and the Dominica and St. Lucia Islands. and St. Lucia Islands. He has developed a method for learning the bandola cordillerana of Venezuela. He has participated in the Participated in the National Meetings of ABET and in the Meeting of Caribbean Studies in Salvador in 2007.


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How to Cite

Agerkop , Yukio. 2010. “Circular Cidade: Poetics and Groove in the Musical Expression of Four Groups from the Mangue (mangrove) of Northeastern Brazil”. Per Musi, no. 22 (July):1-7.



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