Reflexões sobre a Bossa Nova, um Estilo Musical Eterno

O Brasil teve uma história singular de miscigenação, que levou o povo brasileiro a uma jornada incessante em busca de uma identidade cultural e musical comum. Esse é um processo onde as experiências culturais e a assimilação social prosperam,...


A Música Brasileira: Experiência e Aprendizagem no Exterior

This presentation discusses the practice of Brazilian music on an academic environment, and how it can assist in building a music program through the integration of students, teachers and members of a local community.


Reflections on Bossa Nova, An Ageless Musical Style

It has been a little over fifty years since “Bossa Nova” was noticed and recognized as Brazilian music. While, there are many discussions of how Brazil appropriated this musical style, everyone agrees it has made a great impact in the global community.

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A música caipira e o verso sagrado na folia de reis

This paper discusses the Christian values found in the lyrics of the toadas or melodies in the folia de reis tradition and its relationship with the música caipira or country music. In the development of the folia de reis tradition...


A Influência Africana na Música Brasileira: Samba

Apesar da forte influencia que a herança afro-brasileira exerce em nós, pouco sabemos da sua extensa contribuição para a cultura brasileira. Sem dúvida, o samba é o estilo e gênero musical mais popular de sempre produzido para o carnaval no Brasil.


Jacaré: Participatory Experience and the Growing Significance of Brazilian Music in Education

Assuming that musical knowledge is often exchanged at different levels of understanding and assimilation, the function and importance of non-traditional ensembles, or so called world music ensembles are often justified


Traditional Music in the Age of Global Technology

Traditional Music in the Age of Global Technology is a virtual project proposing the discussion of traditional music in Rio de Janeiro and São José do Rio Preto (Brazil), Monterrey (Mexico), and Tampa (USA).


African Influence in Brazilian Music: Samba

Although we are strongly influenced by Afro-Brazilian heritage, we know very little about their extensive contribution to Brazilian culture. Without question, samba is the most popular musical style and genre ever produced for carnaval in Brazil.

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Cantem e Dancem... Chegou o Jacaré: A música brasileira e a integração Brasil/Estados Unidos no Currículo de uma Universidade Norte-Americana

Este trabalho discute a música brasileira como elemento de interação e integração de estudantes, professores, e membros de uma comunidade local na formação do programa de música da “University of Florida” nos Estados Unidos.


The Development of the Brazilian Country Music and its Relationship with Folia de Reis1 in Defining Rural Identity

This paper discusses the social and historical facts related to the development of caipira and sertaneja musical genres and its association to the folia de reis tradition in Brazil. The development of country music...


European Iconography: Magi and the Brazilian folia de reis


The folia de reis is a folk Catholic tradition in Brazil aimed at celebrating the adoration of baby Jesus by the Three Kings Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar is celebrated.






The folia de reis is a popular Brazilian tradition of folk Catholicism that involves a group of participants who, between Christmas and Ephiphany, go in a journey asking for alms for social-religious purposes. The tradition refers to musical ensembles comprising predominantly low-income rural workers from various regions of Brazil. Instrumentalists, singers, and other participants travel from house to house and farm to farm, singing and praising the birth pf Christ. The folia de reis celebrates and renacts the Biblical journey of the Three Kings to Bethlehem. The folia de reis under investigation in my research is a tradition that traces its origins back to colonial Brazil and to the Iberian Peninsula. As groups travel from Christmas Eve through Epiphany (January 6), their singing journey blesses the families, which they visit in exchange for food or money. Often classified as "popular Catholicism" (Catholic ritual practice external to the interests of the Catholic Church), the folia de reis is quite widely diffused in the southern, central, and northern regions of Brazil.

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