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Tropicalia, Bat macumba

the fourth week of NaBloPoMo is dedicated to Brazilian music.  as today is cloudy and cold, we'll start with some bouncy tunes from the Tropicalia movement of the late 1960s.

a couple of versions of the traditional "bat macumba"

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trying on a theme

on this my third year playing along with National Blog Posting Month  – yes, hotrod, the name sucks.  whaddaya gonna do – thought I'd try something a bit different, blogging on a theme.  quite different from my previous nablopomo attempts, and hell, my blog overall, which is all over the fucking place.

so for this theme approach, I'll be digging into the side of my music collection that is not seen much in VOX: music from several Latin American countries, from different periods and musical styles.

again, I don't much trust to be successful at doing this, but the rough outline is four weeks with a different focus each:

week 1  -  traditional Cuban son, boleros, Puerto Rico big bands  (mostly 1940s-1960s)
week 2  -  salsa, Nueyorican sound (1970s-1980s, some later and current)
week 3  -  protest songs, the Nueva Trova de Cuba (1970-1990s, some later)
week 4 -   Brazil – Tropicalia, samba, bossa nova (1950s-current)
               things that don't fit anywhere else – tango, for example

we'll see what happens

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The soundtrack to my summer

This summer hasn't been too great, more downs than ups; one of the highlights is the musical compilation
Tropicália: A Brazilian revolution in sound, which has taken almost uninterrupted residence in my car's CD player.

Tropicália was a short-lived Brazilian arts movement that peaked in the 1967-1968 period, partly inspired by the same effervescence that generated the Summer of love  and Paris May 1968; a worldwide sense that national barriers were breaking down and cultures were taking, giving, borrowing and loaning to each other. 

while Tropicália was not limited to music, its major impact and legacy is musical; exuberant, limitless, daring.  here are some tracks:

This track by Caetano Veloso, one of the leaders of the movement along with Gilberto Gil, became a sort of anthem

Gal Costa, Tom Ze, and Os Mutantes

two versions of the traditional Bat Macumba

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