June 27, 2004 |
You could call it a slump. But "slump" would suggest something more finite than the rather protracted dry spell that's kept Brazil, when not mired in mediocrity, quoting its past for musical inspiration. For a country where musicians are as vaunted as statesmen, the whole issue has been worrisome. Brazilians, after all, have long been smug about their rich tapestry of musical traditions -- samba and bossa nova, Tropicalismo and musica popular brasileira.