Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Why Is This Country Dancing? A One-Man Samba to the Beat of Brazil

Posted on

Why Is This Country Dancing? A One-man Samba to the Beat of Brazil

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
John Krich
genre:
Music

We gave it an A-

In Brazil, where government swings from dictatorship to democracy and back again, where corruption is rampant and poverty dire, the music never stops. John Krich (El Béisbol) visits the country’s slums and backwaters to meet the inventors of samba, bossa nova, forró, frevo, and carimbó. In a culture where everyone knows the words to every song, these pop idols double as politicians, social workers, and spiritual guides. Krich’s perspective in Why Is This Country Dancing? A One-Man Samba to the Beat of Brazil is democratic and easy. He loves crowds. He notes divisions of class, race, and sex, and music’s power to scramble them all. A-