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‘Music Scenes and Migrations’ brings together new work from Brazilian and European scholars around the themes of musical place and transnationalism across the Atlantic triangle connecting Brazil, Africa and Europe. Moving beyond now-contested models for conceptualizing international musical relations and hierarchies of powers and influence, such as global/local or centre/periphery, the volume draws attention instead to the role of the city, in particular, in producing, signifying and mediating music-making in the colonial and post-colonial Portuguese-speaking world. The volume also gives attention to other urban centres, within Brazil and abroad, towards which musicians and musical traditions have migrated and converged – such as São Paulo, Lisbon and Madrid – where they have reinvented themselves; where notions of Brazilian and Lusophone identity have been reconfigured; and where independent, peripheral and underground scenes have contested the hegemony of the musical ‘mainstream’.

The essays in ‘Demetropolitanizing the Musical City: Other Scenes, Industries, Technologies’ – including this chapter – explore how contemporary developments in the independent, underground and peripheral music scenes in Brazil and Portugal have challenged traditional narratives and hierarchies that dichotomized the field in terms of national tradition v. internationalism, mainstream v. margins, pop v. popular. Genres such as sertaneja universitária, funk, heavy metal, Brazilian jazz and instrumental music, post-Vanguarda Paulista MPB and rap are considered in the light of profound shifts in the economy and technology of the music industry, including fluctuations in the recording sector, the internationalization of audiences, and the rise of YouTube, among other video-based digital platforms, as a predominant medium for the consumption of music.

ISBN 9781785273858


Title: Another music in a different (and unstable) room: A route through underground music scenes in contemporary Portuguese society

Author: Paula GUERRA

Year: 2020


GUERRA, Paula (2020) – Another music in a different (and unstable) room: A route through underground music scenes in contemporary Portuguese society. In TREECE, David (Ed.) (2020) – Music Scenes and Migrations. Space and Transnationalism in Brazil, Portugal and the Atlantic. London: Anthem Press. ISBN 9781785273858. pp. 185-194. URL: