Soul Music in Brazil
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 22 , Segment 1
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- Mar 10, 2015 9:00 pm
- 13:53 mins
(1:11) Guest: Christopher Dunn, professor of Brazilian Literature and Culture at Tulane University. He’s the author of Brutality Garden: Tropicalia and the Emergence of Brazilian Counterculture. The Civil Rights Movement is Top of Mind this week with 50th anniversary of the historic voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery. All the world watched how America handled – or mishandled calls for racial justice and equality. But it was through soul music that the sentiment of the Civil Rights movement spread the world over. And at the same time soul caught fire in the U.S., it was taking off in Brazil, Afro-Brazilians were on the verge of their own fight against inequality. In the late 1960s, Brazil was under a conservative military dictatorship. "…under the military regime, Brazil was considered a racial democracy, which meant that inequality existed not because of prejudice but because of the history of slavery,” says Dunn.