Brazilian Drums in Portugal: Migration and Identities
Based on field research and qualitative interviews, this paper aims to analyse two aspects of the engagement with Brazilian music through the case study of Batucada Radical. The first aspect is how images and stereotypes about Brazilian people are contested and reinforced through the presentation of the group in terms of the choices concerning rhythm and performance. The second aspect, less explored by the literature about music and migration, is more concerned with the meanings attributed by the host population (Portuguese people) involved in the activities of the group. Two main sets of meanings emerged during the research and are going to be explored: the long term connection with Brazilian culture; the search for more rooted identities facing the transnational meanings and identities promoted by the globalization processes.