Maris Jones ’15 in Brazil

An update from Maris Jones ’14. Find a link below to her personal blog!

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This summer I spent a lot of time thinking about access. Access to public education, access to public health, access to public transportation, and acess to public space. Who has it and who does not? What does it take to obtain access and maintain one’s possession of it? In many instances in the lives of the afro-descendants in Salvador, Bahia their access to the aforementioned things is limited or even denied–“acesso não permitido.” I arrived in Salvador hoping to improve my drumming skills (1616), to get to know the people and the city and to start to understand the role of Afro-Brazilian percussion in establishing a unified black identity. I wanted to know what role, if any, percussion had in facilitating youth and community engagement, and encouraging political activism and the claiming of rights. My time there this summer afforded me the opportunity to observe the use of percussion in performance and political protests. As a result, I have begun to understand the role of music in manifestations of identity, community, and citizenship. The attached photographs are a few of many showing performances of various blocos afro including Olodum, Didá , and Bagunçaço, along with protestors associated with the Passe Livre during the Confederations Cup. If you would like to read more about my experience in Brazil and see more photographs, check out my blog: batepapobatidas.wordpress.com

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