The singing voice and racial politics on the Brazilian evangelical music scene

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Abstract

In São Paulo, Brazil, the musical genre of Black gospel reinforces the thematic power of Black voice, while gospel rap does not. In consequence, Black gospel artists embrace diasporic and Biblical history, which stimulates commitment to collective Black projects. In contrast, gospel rappers, socialized to de-center Black voice, do not develop a notion of Black voice as fulfi ling Biblical prophecy, and do not develop a correlative Black politics. The article contributes to the growing literature on the possibility of an evangelical racial politics in Brazil, while identifying impediments to such politics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-55
Number of pages31
JournalLatin American Music Review - Revista de Musica Latinoamericana
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

Keywords

  • Body
  • Brazil
  • Cultural politics
  • Evangelical protestantism
  • Music
  • Popular culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music

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