BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.


Accessibility help
Text only
BBC Homepage
BBC Music

Music


Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

 

Episode 2: November 30 2007

Gilberto Gil

The second programme in the series covers the military era in Brazil, from 1964-85, and discussed the role that musicians played in leading the fight-back - and how they suffered as a result.

Read about Episode 1
Read about Episode 3

Tropicalia Revolution

The second programme in the series covers the military era in Brazil, from 1964-85, and discusses the role that musicians played in leading the fight-back – and how they suffered as a result. The era began with the left-wing protest movement headed by singers like Nara Leao, that was matched against rival styles that ranged from the passionate singing of Elis Regina to the rousing pop songs of Jorge Ben – with television song contests developing into a battle-ground between supporters of different styles.

All this changed in the late Sixties, with the emergence of the experimental tropicalia movement, determined to shake up Brazil just as military hardliners took control of the government. The programme chronicles the careers of the tropicalia stars, from Os Mutantes to Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, who were both jailed and exiled to Britain (and includes never shown footage of them both performing at the Isle of Wight festival). It describes the military censorship campaign against such leading musicians as Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, and even Jorge Ben. And it shows how black musicians in Bahia state responded by developing new, and often militant black styles like samba-reggae.

Writer and Producer: Robin Denselow

Read the tracklisting for Episode 2



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy
 

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites