Samba de Roda and the Threat of Epistemicide on the North Coast of Bahia
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Domenici, E. (2022). Samba de Roda and the Threat of Epistemicide on the North Coast of Bahia. MUSICultures, 48, 142–167. Retrieved from


This paper presents an ethnography of samba de roda in the north coast of Bahia from the point of view of its mestres [chief practitioners]. We highlight the network of community activities that support samba as a multivocal and singular cultural practice. Emerging in a rural context with profound association to religious and labour practices of communities, samba de roda developed a vast choreographic and musical repertoire. However, it now faces challenges in maintaining its aesthetic and poetic richness, in the face of a new context brought on by the tourism industry. We ponder the extent to which samba de roda can (and cannot) withstand such socioeconomic transformations. At the same time, we consider that these activities should be included in the samba de roda safeguard policies. As the objectification of cultural practices is a harmful factor that can result from safeguard policies, this study can simultaneously serve as a cautionary tale for Recôncavo Baiano and its own safeguarding policies.

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