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Abstract and Keywords
Suzel Reily’s essay discusses the implication of the universalist thrust of the Roman Catholic Church upon local traditions. While in Brazil local music making has been historically linked to Catholic practice, the clergy’s understandings of “the popular” derive from their interpretations of Vatican II directives along with a preoccupation with liturgical fidelity. In this setting, lay religious repertoires are being discouraged in favor of folk-like musics rooted in imagined local traditions. But alongside a clash in musical aesthetics, Reily shows how the musical practices associated with the new repertoire actually mitigate against collective singing, whilst threatening to shift local practices from the religious sphere to, at best, a secular folklorized arena.
Suzel Ana Reily is a Reader in Ethnomusicology and Social Anthropology and Associate Director of the Latin American Studies Forum at Queen’s University Belfast. Her publications include: Voices of the Magi: Enchanted Journeys in Southeast Brazil (Chicago, 2002), the editorship of Brazilian Musics, Brazilian Identities (2000, British Journal of Ethnomusicology 9.1) and The Musical Human: Rethinking John Blacking’s Ethnomusicology in the Twenty-first Century (Ashgate, 2006), and the production of a website/CD-Rom based on John Blacking’s ethnography of the Venda girls’ initiation school. The co-edited volume Brass Bands of the World is currently in press.
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