Songlines | Playlist: Totally Tropicália
03 May 2018

Playlist: Totally Tropicália

By Russ Slater

A Songlines playlist for Apple Music of the Brazilian movement, tropicália.

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In 1967 a group of Brazilian musicians dared to go against the status quo. At that time Brazil was very protective of its music, samba and bossa nova had to remain pure, to stay clear of Western influences. But, with the influence of The Beatles, Rolling Stones and US soul music getting greater in Brazil, something had to give. The tropicália movement showed that it's possible to integrate foreign pop, rock and soul music into Brazilian music, without it losing its soul. They showed that avant-garde and kitsch ideas can be included in the same song, and that Brazilian music can be as radical as any music being made anywhere in the world.

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