Forró and Redemptive Regionalism from the Brazilian Northeast

Forró and Redemptive Regionalism from the Brazilian Northeast: Popular Music in a Culture of Migration is a book by professor of Portuguese Jack A. Draper III, published by Peter Lang in 2011.[1][2]

Forro and Redemptive Regionalism from the Brazilian Northeast
AuthorJack A. Draper III
SeriesLatin America Interdisciplinary Studies, Vol. 18
PublisherPeter Lang


Forró and Redemptive Regionalism from the Brazilian Northeast not only documents and analyses the music of migrants in Brazil, but also analyzes how the music shaped both its creators and Brazil as a whole. Using forró artists and excerpts from their music, Draper argues that the migrants used a musical genre called forró to kill saudade, which means longing and nostalgia, loneliness and lust, as He also argues that it was used to rebel against industrialization and used as an attempt to help Brazilian “natives” overcome prejudice. He analyzes the historical and political climate that forró formed in, a time of oppression, dictatorships and political instability. Draper seems to be portraying forró like a Brazilian equivalent of Blues, which was also used to fight longing, loneliness and lust. He argues and analyses how the migrants completely re-thought all the elements of music, including melody, lyrics and rhythms to make it their own. He also shows forró’s presence in Brazilian pop culture, including the teaching of it in universities, and the playing of it at nightclubs and music festivals.

Critical Reception

Forró and Redemptive Regionalism from the Brazilian Northeast has been reviewed by Reference & Research Book News.[3]


  1. ^ 1976-, Draper, Jack A., III, (2010). Forró and redemptive regionalism from the Brazilian northeast : popular music in a culture of migration. New York: Lang. ISBN 9781433110764. OCLC 643568832.
  2. ^ "Jack A. Draper III (staff bio)". University of Missouri. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  3. ^ "Review of 'Forro and Redemptive Regionalism in the Brazilian Northeast: Popular Music in a Culture of Migration'". Reference & Research Book News. 25 (4): 249. November 2010. ISSN 0887-3763.

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Forró (Portuguese pronunciation: [fɔˈʁɔ]*) is a party originated and typical of Northeastern Region of Brazil. It encompasses various dance types as well as a number of different musical genres. Their music genres and dances have gained widespread popularity in all regions of Brazil. Forró is more frequent during Brazilian June Festivals.

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