Burdick’s book explores the interplay of gospel music and racial politics in Brazil
Anthropology professor John Burdick’s evocative new book "The Color of Sound: Race, Religion, and Music in Brazil" examines racial politics and identity in Brazil through the lens of the Afro-Brazilian Christian music scene. Throughout Brazil, Afro-Brazilians face widespread racial prejudice, and many turn to the Protestant religions, with Protestants becoming the fastest-growing religious group in the country. This flourishing black Protestant community is simultaneously generating a major new cultural movement of black music. By immersing himself in São Paulo’s vibrant worlds of black gospel, gospel rap, and gospel samba, Burdick provides a richly textured portrait of how music is empowering Afro-Brazilian artists to explore their racial identities and evolve into powerful political players in their country’s struggle to combat racism.