Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan, Geographer
Updated January 30, 2008
| Brazilian friends
recommended a way to learn a lot more about Brazilian
music -- see what is current on You
Tube. As of June 2007, over 19,000 videos are posted, and those at
the top of the list include both some classics and some interesting new
|I am interested in music
primarily as a way of learning about place -- and how people identify
with place. For this reason, I have to recommend this amazing film most
highly. I learned more in two hours than I had in years of listening to
Favela Rising describes how José Junior and Anderson Sá invented AfroReggae, an entirely new musical form, from within their own community. Vigário Geral is one of 600 favelas in Rio de Janeiro. It is a neighborhood of 30,000 people in self-built homes with no government resources. It was the site of a vicious war among neighboring drug gangs and the police.
This film shows how people in the community defied popular wisdom by taking back their own streets and involving youth in something positive. Do not miss this film! It is available on Netflix.
I learned about this movie from a Brazilian colleague, and shortly thereafter saw it at the Cablecar Cinema in Providence, where the local chapter of YUGA presented it.
"Descendo o Madeira" by Binho is one of my favorites from this collection by local musicians in Porto Velho , my home-away-from-home in Brazil. It is a beautiful song that describes the manatees and dolphins that are found -- amazingly -- in this river city thousands of miles from the ocean.
| Renato Teixeira Xangai
Renato Teixara is an amazing guitarist whose work is inspired by the beauty of the Amazon region. His song "Nao Rio Mais" is a fun listing of all of the tributaries of the river, in order.
"Era Casa Era Jardim" is just a beautiful song.
This compilation by David Byrne first made the regional music of Brazil's Northeast accessible to a global audience. The song "Asa Branca" is about the ongoing drought of the region, describes a season in which "my horse died of thirst, and my cow of lack of water."
|ASA BRANCA -- David
Byrne himself (but it sounds better on the CD)
|Cordel do Fogo Encantado
|Estrela de Fogo 2
Amor de Novela
|Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto
The Girl From Ipanema
A Deusa Dos Prixas
Black Ivory Soul
Nem Uma Lagrima
|Capoeira de Angola
Homenagem aos Mestres
|Sandy & Junior
14 and 16
Na Pressao Lenine
Jack Soul Brasiliero
11. Bois Dont Cry
Zambumba no Mar
| Note to educators: This web site is
a supplement to live presentations that I have enjoy presenting for
college audiences, teacher training, and K-12 assemblies. Please
contact me to discuss the possibilities of a presentation at your
school, conference, or university. My collection of resources is much
larger than that presented here; I can customize a presentation to suit
your group's needs.
Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan