Shereita Grizzle (The Gleaner) writes that reggae music “was birthed in the trenches of Kingston, Jamaica, but today it has evolved into a universal language, a world music, loved and respected across the globe.” She underscores the many artists outside of Jamaica who are now creating reggae music, including artists from Brazil. She considers the music as a powerful tool that has transcended geographical boundaries and has crossed language barriers to connect people worldwide.
With the 2016 Olympic Games set for Rio, Brazil, in exactly 100 days, The Gleaner sought to catch up on the country’s entertainment scene, focusing specifically on the influence reggae music has had on that nation. Any simple research conducted into the culture of Brazil, particularly music, will show traces and influences of reggae. Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer and Jimmy Cliff are all popular reggae artistes that are loved and respected by people in Brazil. In fact, the latter lived in the country for a while and even has an album titled Jimmy Cliff in Brazil.
Reggae’s influence in Brazil is also evident in the country’s very own samba music. Terrianna Selby Kendall, commercial officer at the Commercial Sector of the Brazilian Embassy, explained to The Gleaner that for several years, Brazilians have been adding their own style to traditional reggae beats to create something with a more authentic Brazilian flavour. Those attempts have created what is known as samba-reggae in Brazil.
Reggae music has influenced some segments of Brazilian culture. The influence seems to stem from an appreciation for the music itself and the perceived ‘liberties’ that reggae artistes and Jamaicans have, she said. This has pushed Afro-Brazilians and others to produce music with traditional as well as alternative reggae beats. For several years Brazilians have been including particular sounds, such as the ‘cavaquinho’ (an instrument used mostly in the music of the northeast of the country) to make the sound more ‘Brazilian’. The above mixtures have led to offshoots of reggae music such as reggae fusion and samba reggae. [. . .]
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