Jamaica’s Musical Influence Strong in Brazil

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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. [. . .]

For original article, see http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/entertainment/20160427/jamaicas-musical-influence-strong-brazil

6 thoughts on “Jamaica’s Musical Influence Strong in Brazil

  1. IF SHEREITA GRIZZLE FROM THE GLEANER HAD KNOWN THE TRUE HISTORY OF BRAZIL SHE WOULD HAVE PROBABLY WRITTEN A MORE PERCEPTIVE ARTICLE ON- REGGAE IN BRAZILIAN CULTURE. I WILL ENLIGHTEN HER A BIT- JIMMY CLIFF- MAY HAVE LIVED IN BRAZIL FOR A WHILE AS HE DID IN JAMAICA, BUT HE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH REGGAE NOR ITS CULTURALISATION. I WILL ASK HER- WHAT MUSIC WAS HE SINGING BEFORE I, RAS CARDO CREATED REGGAE IN 1962 TRENCH TOWN? WE MUST SEEK AND SPEAK THE TRUTH IN TELLING THIS REGGAE HISTORY. I AM HERE TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WHO SPEAK AND WRITE FALSITIES BE EXPOSED FOR WHO THEY ARE. BRAZIL WAS THE MOST HEAVILY POPULATED SLAVE COUNTRY IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. THE CONNECTIONS TO MY REGGAE SHOULD BE EASILY SEEN FROM THAT.

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