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Playing and singing informally in a local restaurant. It was in music and dance that the African slaves found consolation for their condition and suffering. African songs were used in the workplace, at festivities and at ceremonies. Poor in melody and using short and repetitive motives, African music was characterized by its variety of rhythmic expressions enhanced by percussion and drum instruments or clapping which produced contagious patterns of movements that were expressed in dance. It is often difficult to classify the large variety of Brazilian dances since there are many regional differences. Indian, Portuguese and African contributions had varied effects of different intensities.Tocando e cantando informalmente num restaurante local. Foi na música e na dança que os escravos africanos encontraram consolo para sua condição e sofrimento. Músicas africanas eram usadas no local de trabalho, em festividades e cerimónias. Pobre em melodia e usando temas curtos e repetitivos, a música africana era caracterizada pela sua variedade de expressão rítmica intensificada por percussão e instrumentos de tambor ou palmas, que produzem tipos contagiantes de movimentos que são expressos em dança. Geralmente é muito difícil classificar a grande variedade de danças brasileiras, já que existem várias diferenças regionais. Contribuições indígenas, portuguesas e africanas tiveram efeitos variados e de diferentes intensidades.


Latin American and Iberian Institute / University of New Mexico


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