The Music, Language, and Culture Workshop

December 4, 2014
by nchana

Thursday, December 11 – Genevieve Dempsey

Please join us for our final meeting of the Autumn Quarter. This Thursday, we’re excited to welcome our own Genevieve Dempsey for a presentation entitled  “The Sacred Sound of Congado: A Revival of Afro-Brazilian Religiosity” (Please see below for Genevieve’s abstract).

As always, we will meet from 4:30-6:00pm in Goodspeed 205. We look very much forward to seeing you!


This presentation explores how Afro-Brazilians involved in congado, a traditional music of popular Catholic religiosity, become empowered through sacred song. By sounding congado they succeed in expressing their faith to Nossa Senhora do Rosário (Our Lady of the Rosary), remembering the past, and revitalizing a tradition that speaks to their identity as Afro-Brazilians. To what extent do musical participants respond to social and racial injustices with dancing, singing, and drumming so as to ensure their physical and mental survival? My work investigates the ways in which congadeiros use music as an instrument for voicing faith and creating dignity.