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The Color of Sound: Race, Religion, and Music in Brazil

John Burdick


Throughout Brazil, Afro-Brazilians face widespread racial prejudice. Many turn to religion, with Afro-Brazilians disproportionately represented among Protestants, the fastest-growing religious group in the country. Officially, Brazilian Protestants do not involve themselves in racial politics. Behind the scenes, however, the community is deeply involved in the formation of different kinds of blackness—and its engagement in racial politics is rooted in the major new cultural movement of black music. This book explores the complex ideas about race, racism, and racial identity that have grown up ... More

Keywords: Afro-Brazilians, racial prejudice, Brazilian Protestants, racial politics, blackness, black music, racism, racial identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814709221
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814709221.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Burdick, author