The Music of Brazil in the Eyes of Anglo-American Academic Literature


  • Silvano Fernandes Baia Federal University of Uberlândia, Brazil



Music of Brazil, Brazilian popular music, Brazilian Studies, History of Brazilian music


This paper presents an analysis of the literature on Brazilian music written in English and developed by Anglo-American researchers. Based on a critical reading of texts published in books dedicated to Brazilian music, it identifies prevalent themes and approaches in such circuits, as well as indicating recurring concepts and trends that underpin the discourses present in such texts. From this overview, interpretations emerge on the country's musicality and on how Brazil is seen by means of the study of their music. Besides a valorization of certain approaches and part of the musical production – popular music and some specific genres – many social, political and cultural conceptions surface in this context in which there is a circulation of ideas about a Brazil written in English.


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Author Biography

Silvano Fernandes Baia, Federal University of Uberlândia, Brazil

PhD in Social History by Faculdade de Filosofia Letras e Ciências Humanas da Universidade de São Paulo (2010), M.A. in Music by Instituto de Artes da Universidade Estadual Paulista (2005) and Graduate in Music with a major in guitar by the same institution (2001). His post-doctoral research was carried out at the Department of Spanish, Portuguese e Latin American Studies – King´s College London (2014/2015). He is currently professor in the Music course at Instituto de Artes da Universidade Federal de Uberlândia. Author of the book A historiografia da música popular no Brasil: análise crítica dos estudos acadêmicos até o final do século XX.




How to Cite

Baia, Silvano Fernandes. 2018. “The Music of Brazil in the Eyes of Anglo-American Academic Literature”. Per Musi, no. 38 (May).




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