Brazil And Caribbean Culture Essay

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Within Brazil and the Caribbean lies a racial mixture of cultures. Since the 1930's the people have, overall, enthusiastically adopted the notion that racial and cultural mixture defines this regions national identity (Samba 1). This region consists of a very historic background which has shaped the beliefs and customs of celebration, music and dance. Sugar cane was brought to the "new world" by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage in 1493 (Umbilical 99). The introduction of this new crop would bring about dramatic change the Caribbean. During the 1600's the Caribbean sugar industry thrived. The native people of Africa's …show more content…
This music helped make plantation work a little less unbearable. A little farther south of the Virgin Islands in Trinidad and Barbados, Calypso was used to express personal feeling about slavery. There are several versions of the origin of calypso which emerged as an identifiable genre towards the end of the nineteenth century. Calypso represents a mixture of several folk songs in African tradition (history of Carib music 1). There are a few theories to where the word calypso originated. The Carib word "caieto" meaning a joyous song and the French patois "carrousseaux" from the archaic French word "carouse" meaning a drinking party or festivity (Trinidad Calypso 8). The calypso style of music began around the time of the French settlement in Trinidad during the late 18th century. At this time this type of music was not yet pronounce "calypso". In a good calypso song the lyrics would grasp three main dimensions. The first is extempore. If the individual could produce lyrics at the spur of the moment it was greatly admired by the listeners. Second, added comments of social and political issues were slid into a verse. Thirdly the calypso singers would trade insults. This would later lead to what would become known as calypso wars. Today the lyrics of calypso contain so much information on political

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