Brazilian Culture Jennifer Gamurot History 5 Saddleback College Professor Arguello Samba dancers Palacio Alvorada Traditional Afro-Brazilian dance Brazilian Music Festival
Brazilian Dance: Capoeira
Capoeira is a popular type of Brazilian dance that combines martial arts,, sports, and music. The main moves involve leg sweeps, kicks, punches, and aerial moves all done in time with the music.
Different styles of Capoeira exist, such as Capoeira Angola, the traditional form, Capoeira Regional, the most common form, and Capoeira Contemporanea, the more modern and mixed form.
Capoeira is considered a game that focuses on skills and body movement rather than fighting. The moves are done in time with Capoeira instruments such as the berimbau that leads the tempo for the game.
Art: Brazilian Architecture
Brazil’s unique climate and environment, along with its diverse population, has allowed for distinctive forms of architecture.
Most of Brazil’s architecture has a Portuguese or French influence, dating back to the colonization era.
One of the most famous Brazilian architects is Oscar Niemeyer. He is known to be a “sculptor of monuments” and has designed many buildings for the capital city of Brasilia.
Famous structures in Brazil include the Cathedral of Brasilia, Palacio do Planalto, and Palacio da Alvorada.
Cathedral of Brasilia Palacio do Planalto
Music of Brazil
The music of Brazil is rooted in African, Amerindian, and European influences and has developed into unique styles such as samba, lambada, and bossa nova.
Different regions of Brazil have their distinct musical styles, for example, in the Northern Amazon region the Bahia lambada is played.
Natives of the Brazilian rainforest create music using handmade flutes, drums, whistles, and horns, which imitate the sounds of the Amazon rainforest.
Music is a large part of Brazilian celebrations and parades, such as the Afoxe or Maracatu, both played during Brazil’s Carnaval.