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Gypsy parties: an ethnography about music and belonging

Grant number: 20/00200-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2020
Effective date (End): January 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology
Principal researcher:Rose Satiko Gitirana Hikiji
Grantee:Isabella Almeida de Abreu Aquino
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:16/05318-7 - Local musicking: new pathways for ethnomusicology, AP.TEM


This proposal focuses on the so-called "themed Gypsy Parties" of São Paulo, in which different ethnicities gathered around an essentially musical event participate. The main aim will be on how they relate to each other and build a locality through music king and nonverbal manifestations of affection and connection, such as dance, non-roma and roma attending these ceremonies. Artists and companies form a cultural mosaic between performances by Ghawazee, Kalbelia, Flamenco, Ruska Roma, among other dances placed in the "gypsy" category. Also, bands play live and people everywhere meet to sing and dance. I seek to understand how the processes of belonging and identity in the contact of actors are built with music and corporeality as the engine. (AU)

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