Traditional communities mobilising musical and agri-food cultures for a decolonial resistance-conservation in the Bocaina, Brazil

Levidow, Les (2023). Traditional communities mobilising musical and agri-food cultures for a decolonial resistance-conservation in the Bocaina, Brazil. MUSICultures(50) (In Press).

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Abstract

In recent decades Brazil’s traditional communities have faced threats from the prevalent ‘modernisation’ model colonising their everyday lives. In the Bocaina coastal region, the Fórum de Comunidades Tradicionais (FCT) has brought together the three communities around demands for justiça socioambiental (socio-environmental justice) through a common identity around agroecological agroforestry and sociobiodiversity. Their musical performance encourages wide participation and strengthens mutirão (mutual aid) traditions, thus linking their musical and agri-food cultures. These have been mobilised to conserve natural resources, assert territorial claims, resist dispossession and express a common future among the three communities. Their composite culture contributes to a decolonial resistance-conservation. These roles are illuminated by ethnomusicology and decolonial perspectives.

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