This course presents some topics in Brazilian culture, history and civilization through the lyrics of well-known Brazilian songwriters. The course also has a significant language component to help students improve their written and oral abilities in Portuguese. We start by studying the "MPB de protesto" from the 60's and 70's in opposition to the Military Government (Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Geraldo Vandré, Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil, Raul Seixas, Ivan Lins, Elis Regina). We then move into the 80's and 90's Rock and Roll era when songwriters discuss some serious social issues in a society that was trying to learn how to live in a democracy (Cazuza, Legião Urbana, Titãs, Paralamas do Sucesso). Finally, we listen to some of the best 21st century Brazilian Hip-Hop artists to understand why poverty, police brutality, racism and gender discrimination still play a significant role in Brazilian society (MV Bill, Racionais MC's, Gabriel o Pensador, Amanda NegraSim, Emicida, Sara Donato).
- Teacher: Luiz Amaral