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Voices of DroughtThe Politics of Music and Environment in Northeastern Brazil$
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Michael B. Silvers

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042089

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042089.001.0001

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Real or Plastic Forró

Real or Plastic Forró

Soundscapes of a Changing Economy

(p.107) Chapter 5 Real or Plastic Forró
Voices of Drought

Michael B. Silvers

University of Illinois Press

This chapter dialogues with ideas about the sustainability of musical culture by offering a case study in which robust cultural policy, supporting foothills forró, was implemented by the same leftist Workers’ Party government that brought millions of Brazilians out of poverty at the start of the second decade of the twenty-first century. The new consumer class amplified the success of electronic forró, a genre often considered a threat to foothills forró. It is this paradox--that the leftist goals of ameliorating poverty and of bolstering a cultural policy that can sustain vibrant music ecologies might sometimes be at odds--I wish to bring to the debate over musical sustainability.

Keywords:   musical sustainability, cultural policy, social mobility, Workers’ Party, foothills forró, electronic forró

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