» what is Tropicalia?

For us, the idea behind Tropicalia is to link South Americans' TROPICAL culture of our roots, with AustrALIA, where we both now live. However, we've 'borrowed' a word full of meaning to many Brazilians....

Tropicalia is a Brazilian cultural movement that arose in the late 1960s as an articulated response to military dictatorship and a counter-cultural statement.  It was meant as a revolution, a transformation and reconstruction of Brazilian art and identity.  One of the cultural constructs of the Tropicalia Movement was antropofagia – the cultural and musical cannibalism of all societies, taking influences from all types of genres to form something unique. 

Although it encompassed different forms of art, such as theatre, poetry and painting, the Tropicalia movement is mainly associated with music and with artists such as Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil.  While some may say that the movement ended soon after it began (with most of its artists being arrested or exiled), the influence of Tropicália  and its pioneers continues to be credited as a source of musical creativity and inspiration.

For a complete guide to the Tropicalia Movement, you can have a look at this website:


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