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New dialogues, old routes: emergent collaborations between Brazilian and Angolan music makers

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 May 2011

Frederick Moehn
Institute for Ethnomusicology – Music and Dance (INET-MD), Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal E-mail:, and


This article considers emergent musical dialogues and official cultural collaborations between Brazil and Angola in light of recent literature theorizing the Lusophone Atlantic. As Angola restructures following a long civil war and Brazil takes a leading role among the rapidly developing BRIC nations, new questions arise pertaining to the African heritage in Brazilian music, and to Brazil's role in Angolan cultural initiatives and musical markets. Through examination of Brazilian discourse about such exchanges, combined with a comparative analysis of three versions of Angolan musician Teta Lando’s 1974 song, ‘Angolano segue em frente’ (Landos original, a recent Brazilian rerecording, and a Brazilian remix), I reveal a South-South dialogue that builds on historical connections yet also establishes new resonances in musical evocations of Atlantic affinities and flows.

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