Cultural Cannibalism: When Artists Feed Off Each Other

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La Shica performs a unique blend of flamenco, rap and R&B.

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Back in 1928, poet Oswald de Andrade, a father of Brazilian modernism, published the iconic "Manifesto Antropofagico" (Cannibal Manifesto), in which he argues that Brazil has a history of "cannibalizing" other cultures, digesting them and producing something entirely new — and that this is his country's greatest strength. While he mocked the Brazilian elite's adoration of more developed countries, he encouraged "cultural cannibalism" as a way for Brazil to assert itself against European post-colonial cultural domination. One famous passage from the "Cannibal Manifesto" reads:

Só a Antropofagia nos une. Socialmente. Economicamente. Filosoficamente.
Única lei do mundo. Expressão mascarada de todos os individualismos, de todos os coletivismos.

"Only Cannibalism unites us. Socially. Economically. Philosophically. The unique law of the world. The masked expression of all individualism and collective movement."

While the idea certainly applies to Brazil, to a certain extent it is true for all of us. Entire political careers are based on people erecting magnificent, forbidding boundaries — physical ones and legal ones, too. But history has proven that cultural borders are far more porous and virtually impossible to maintain.

When it comes to music, cultures mix in unpredictable and fascinatingly beautiful ways. Bossa nova is an amalgamation of North American jazz and samba. Tropicalismo is a fusion of Brazilian pop, vanguard movements and foreign aesthetics and ideas.

So it's only appropriate that we start off today's show with João Brasil, a genius of Brazilian mashups. His "L.O.V.E. Banana" features Lovefoxx (from the band Cansei De Ser Sexy), and it's a lambada-infused electronica anthem that's in tune with our theme of the day. "L.O.V.E. Banana" was released early last year, but it's being revisited on the blogosphere due to its chorus line's uncanny resemblance to Madonna's recent single "Give Me All Your Luvin'." We're not here to pass judgment — and João himself has said imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And if ever there were an omnivorous cultural cannibal, it's Madonna. For decades she's hunted and gathered international pop.

Today's show is truly a fantastic mashup, from Spanish rapper Kase.O collaborating with a jazz quintet to Brooklyn-based homage to Peruvian psychedelic cumbia to Caetano Veloso and David Byrne dusting off one of my favorite songs of all time.

As always, we look forward to reading your comments. What music tastes good to you?

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Canibalismo Cultural: Cuando Los Artistas Se Devoran Entre Ellos

En 1928 el poeta Oswald de Andrade, padre del modernismo brasilero, publicó su icónico "Manifiesto Antropófago", en el cual postula que Brasil históricamente "canibaliza" a otras culturas, las digiere y produce algo completamente nuevo—y que ese es una cualidad admirable de los brasileros. Aunque se burla de la adoración que profesaban las elites brasileras por los países mas desarrollados, Andrade promueve el "canibalismo cultural' como una forma de openerse a la dominación Europea poscolonial. Según el manifiesto :

"Solo la antropofagia nos une. Socialmente. Económicamente. Filosóficamente. Única ley del mundo. Expresión enmascarada de todos los individualismos, de todos los colectivismos."

No tenemos que ir muy lejos para ver ejemplos de esta filosofía en Brasil, y hasta cierto punto es una idea que se aplica a todos nosotros. Grandes carreras políticas han sido construidas a base de crear fronteras: magníficos e impenetrables muros que nos separan. Pero la historia ha demostrado que las separaciones culturales son mucho mas difíciles de mantener en pie. Son porosas y sumamente flexibles.

En particular cuando se trata de la música. La mezcla cultural es impredecible, bella y fascinante. La Bossa Nova es una amalgamación de jazz norteamericano y samba. El Tropicalismo es una fusión del pop brasilero, los movimientos de vanguardia e ideologías y estéticas extranjeras.

Es apropiado entonces que comenzemos el show de esta semana con João Brasil, un genio de las mezclas musicales brasileras. "L.O.V.E Banana", junto a Lovefoxx (la cantante de la banda Cansei De Ser Sexy), es un himno electrónico con un toque de lambada, con letras que son sexuales y a la vez payasas. Una perfecta canción para nuestra temática de hoy. Aunque "L.O.V.E. Banana" se estrenó a principios del año pasado, ha vuelto a aparecer en la internet debido a que partes de la canción tienen una similitud asombrosa al reciente single de Madonna: "Give Me All Your Luvin'." No estamos aquí para juzgar- el mismo João ha dicho al respecto que la imitación es la forma más sincera de halagar a un artista. Y ciertamente si de caníbales culturales omnívoros estamos hablando, Madonna es la maestra. Durante décadas ha cazado y cultivado las tendencias del pop internacional.

El show de hoy es una mezcla realmente fantástica: desde el rapero espanol Kase.O, que colabora con un despampanante quinteto de jazz, a una banda basada en Brooklyn, New York que le hace homenaje a la cumbia psicodélica de Perú, y también incluyendo a Caetano Veloso y David Byrne, que reinterpretan una de mis canciones favoritas.

Como siempre, queremos leer tus comentarios. ¿Que música has estado consumiendo últimamente?

Cultural Cannibalism: New Latin American Songs

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João Brasil feat. Love Foxxx

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Cuarto Poder

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Empresarios

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Chicha Libre

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El Haru Kuroi

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Céu

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Rene Lopez

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Kase.O and Jazz Magnetism

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