Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Exploring Tropicalia

May 2013
Fuzzed out, distorted guitar. The Beatles. Social unrest. Samba drums? During the late 1960s, a Brazilian rock movement emerged and asked: ‘just what is the Brazilian identity?’ A close-knit group of musicians combined traditional Afro-Brazilian sounds with the new rock-and-roll influence and created the Tropicália movement. Facing opposition from the military regime and ardent Brazilian nationalists, they ventured to expand what it means to be Brazilian. Sophie Joseph, Evan Williams, and Zach Hoyt investigate.

Brazil + People
Mauro Porto
Associate Professor - Communication