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Television | Brasil, Brasil

Posted By John Turnbull On 20 November 2007 @ 23:22 In Brazil,Media | No Comments

Chico Buarque

An ongoing BBC Four series, Brasil, Brasil [1], tracks the evolution of Brazilian music, from samba to forró to bossa nova to tropicalia to AfroReggae. Almost all of these traditions intersect with football: samba is the celebration dance, “a body unselfconsciously flowing in response to a syncopated beat, melding curious indolence and sexual charge, form and spontaneity,” writes Rowan Ireland in the current dance-themed issue of ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America [2] (fall 07).

Poet-musician Chico Buarque [3] has composed football songs, such as “O Futebol” (“Para estufar esse filó / Como eu sonhei / Só / Se eu fosse o Rei,” or “To hit the net / As I dreamed / Only / If I were Pelé the King,” in Alex Bellos‘s translation), and tropicalia innovator Caetano Veloso [4] has recorded the anthem “Hino da Bahia” for his home team in Salvador, especially appropriate this week. Both tracks are available on the CD Música de Futebol [5] (Mr Bongo, 2004).

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[1] Brasil, Brasil: http://www.bbc.co.uk/musictv/brasilbrasil/

[2] ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America: http://www.drclas.harvard.edu/revista/issues/view/547

[3] Chico Buarque: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artist/zmbd/

[4] Caetano Veloso: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artist/h3f9/

[5] Música de Futebol: http://www.mrbongo.com/Musica_de_Futebol.194.0.html

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