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  • interview August 6, 2014

    Claiming Caribbean-ness: Darien Lamen on the Music of the Brazilian Amazon

    On this week’s episode of Afropop Worldwide, we explore the music of the Brazilian Amazon region. Darien Lamen teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a post-doctoral fellow in Spanish and Portuguese. Outside Brazil, he is probably the foremost expert on lambada and … Read more »

  • blog August 4, 2014

    Pará 101: An Amazonian Music Guide

    Pará, a massive Brazilian state three times the size of California located in the eastern Amazon basin, has become Brazil’s latest musical hotspot. The region’s Caribbean-inflected music blends the styles and rhythms of places like Colombia and the Dominican Republic … Read more »

  • hip-deep July 31, 2014

    The Mighty Amazon

    The Amazon River basin has long been a mystery to Brazil. Located far from the centers of business and power in the nation’s southeast, the jungle provinces of the Brazilian north have long been ignored by the nation at large. … Read more »

  • blog July 30, 2014

    Tecno Brega: A Video Primer

    Tecno brega is one of the liveliest music scenes covered in our recent program “The Mighty Amazon” and it’s not just because of the music. Drop by some of the biggest aparalhagens (sound systems) that play weekly throughout the state … Read more »

  • blog April 9, 2014

    The 2014 Afropop (Un)official World Cup Album

    If sports are a metaphor for life, then the 2014 World Cup, held this summer in Brazil, is probably an extremely obvious metaphor for the socio-economic divides of contemporary Brazil. Preparation for the games has come at a high price … Read more »

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