Politicizing Carnival Brass Bands in Olympic Rio de Janeiro: Instrumental Protest and Musical Repertoires of Contention

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Abstract

In Brazil's volatile context of hosting the World Cup and Olympics, economic crisis, and neo-fascist politics, a brass band movement in Rio de Janeiro that originated in the street carnival revival at the turn of the millennium has dedicated itself to providing musical support at street protests, adapting carnivalesque repertoires to "musical repertoires of contention." In critiquing the predominant focus on lyrics, I examine instrumental protest, or how sound mobilizes protest in the public spaces of a neoliberal global city. I argue that public festivity is a generative force for political mobilization and that understanding the cultural politics of carnival involves exploring how it resonates beyond the season.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-58
Number of pages32
JournalLatin American Music Review-Revista De Musica Latinoamericana
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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