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Arching over the Atlantic: Exploring Links between Brazilian and Angolan musical bows

Díaz, Juan Diego and Röhrig Assunção, Matthias and Beyer, Greg (2021) 'Arching over the Atlantic: Exploring Links between Brazilian and Angolan musical bows.' Ethnomusicology, 65 (2). pp. 286-323. ISSN 0014-1836

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Abstract

Combining historical, organological, ethnographic, and musical analysis, this article explores the relationship between three musical bows— the Angolan hungu and mbulumbumba and the Brazilian berimbau—in the context of the South Atlantic African diaspora. Our intervention crisscrosses scholarly debates about the survival and adaptation of African musical bows in Brazil and capoeiristas' discourses about the Angolan origins of capoeira and the berimbau. We argue for a direct connection between the hungu and berimbau, calling into question any such link to the mbulumbumba, one first posited by Gerhard Kubik in the 1970s and reasserted by subsequent scholars.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Berimbau; Hungu; Mbulumbumba; Angola; Brazil; Musical Bows
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2020 15:18
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2022 01:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26105

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