Tropicalia was a musical revolution in Brazil. Burning brightly for only few years in the late 1960s and politically inspired by the upsrisings in Paris in May ‘68, the Tropicalia movement electrified Brazilian music, combining the sophistication of bossa nova with new, Beatles-inspired electric sounds and orchestral experimentation: a deliberately subversive mix that provoked the country’s military regime and led to the exile and imprisonment of the country’s star musicians.
Singer and World Service journalist Monica Vasconcelos meets the key artists and contemporary champions of Tropicalia, from Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil to Marcos Valle and Talking Heads’ David Byrne, and explores the movement's enduring musical and political force.
Producer: Simon Hollis
A Brook Lapping Production for BBC Radio 4