Author Archives: Chris Estrada

About Chris Estrada

I'm a writer, researcher, occasional radio DJ, audio engineer, and former musician. I hold a PhD in anthropology and history from the University of Michigan. My dissertation, "Caboclos of Nazareth: Improvisation and Renovation in the Maracatu de Baque Solto of Pernambuco," explores the historical trajectory and present-day practice of the unique Brazilian musical and poetic tradition on which this blog focuses. Contact: cestrad@gmail.com

Encontro dos Mestres – Buenos Aires PE – 18-06-2016

It may be the traditional “off season” for maracatu, but there is no rest for the maracatuzeiro!  Even though it’s the season of festas juninas and São João, there’s a big maracatu event this month at the headquarters of Estrela … Continue reading

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Os Guardiães e Coronéis da Cultura, Protegendo “O Povo” de Si Mesmo, Mais Uma Vez

(in English) Este post pode parecer uma estranha reprise de outro publicado oito meses atrás. No dia 25 de maio, uma comemoração aconteceu próximo à cidade de Nazaré da Mata, em Pernambuco. Realizado no engenho de açúcar onde fica a … Continue reading

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The Custodians (and Coronéis) of Culture, Protecting “The People” From Themselves, Again

(em português) This post may feel eerily like a rerun from one posted eight months ago. On the 25th of May, a celebration took place outside Nazaré da Mata, Pernambuco. Held on the sugar plantation that is the historic home … Continue reading

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Sambadas do bairro, sambadas da praça

  Contrast and compare

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“Public Security” Versus Cultural Inclusion: The Struggle of Maracatu de Baque Solto in Pernambuco

(This essay was republished in an abbreviated form by the Latin American Bureau.  Many thanks to them for helping to draw attention to this issue.) The vibrant street culture and ubiquity of live music is an obvious first impression made … Continue reading

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“Segurança Pública” Versus Inclusão Cultural: A Luta do Maracatu de Baque Solto em Pernambuco

Um resumo deste artigo também foi publicado pelo site Latin American Bureau (em inglês). Muito obrigado ao LAB por ajudar a divulgar esta questão. A vibrante cultura de rua e a onipresença da música ao vivo são primeiras impressões óbvias … Continue reading

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Sambada – Barachinha x Zé Flor, 1 de outubro, 2011

A great sambada in Nazaré between Mestre Barachinha and Mestre Zé Flor, at the time of Leão Mimoso and Estrela Dourada, respectively.  These two previously had a battle of wits and words in the town of Itaquitinga in 2009. note:  … Continue reading

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