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Afro-Brazil 2014: Tropicália Documentary Screening In BK

NYC: Catch a documentary screening of 'Tropicalia' and get acquainted with the psychedelic genre in the lead up to Brazil 2014.


As we gear up for next summer's World Cup in Brazil 2014, we'll be taking moments to highlight some select Brazilian tracks that come across our desks. From capoeira music (an accompaniment to the sport) and maracatu to samba and the favela-bred baile funk, the influence of African cultures & sounds on the South American nation's own arts is immeasurable. In our series Afro-Brazil 2014 we'll be digging into a few of these 'ritmos e batidas' from Brazil.

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Afropop Worlwide and Williamsburg's Videology will be hosting the US theatrical premiere of Tropicália: A Film by Marcelo Machado. The film highlights the rise of the 1960s Brazilian artistic movement which was birthed out of the concept of antrópofago or "cultural cannibalism" — a theory put forth by poet Oswald de Andrade that encouraged the fusion of Brazilian culture with foreign influences. The musical genre tropicália took sonic cues from traditional Brazilian music, psychedelic rock, African rhythms and the avant-garde and was led by the likes of Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes and Tom Zé. The film also explores the "struggle [tropicália] artists endured to protect their right to freely express revolutionary thought" at a time of political turbulence in Brazil. Watch the trailer below and don't miss the screening this Friday 11/8 at 8PM at Videology (308 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY).

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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