A revolução pelo amor

Canções de protesto de Chico César

  • Ligia Bezerra Arizona State University
Keywords: Música Popular Brasileira, democracia, direitos humanos, discurso líteromusical, bolsonarismo


The rise of the far-right in contemporary Brazil has led to a sociopolitical reality characterzied by violations to human rights and threats to democracy in the country. Amidst this conjuncture, Brazilian Popular Music, historically marked by a tendency to be a constitutive discourse, that is, to “indicar maneiras de pensar e viver” ‘indicate ways of thinking and living’ in Brazilian society (Costa 23), becomes an important instrument of protest. The present article looks into how Afro-Brazilian singer and songwriter Chico César’s latest album, O amor é um ato revolucionário (2019), can be considered a protest album against Brazil’s current sociopolitical situation, thus contributing to the continuing status of Brazilian lyric-musical discourse as constitutive in the twenty-first century.