This Endangered Music Project release is a collection of 1938-vintage field recordings culled from the library of the Discoteca Pública Municipal (Municipal Public Recordings Collection) in São Paulo, Brazil. The Discoteca dispatched a team to six states in northern and northeastern Brazil to document regional folklore, ritual music, and dance. The music they collected, much of which accompanied ritual, social, and dramatic dance, is primarily vocal, featuring various types of Brazilian percussion and strings. Tracks include liner notes written by ethnomusicologist Morton Marks. The Discoteca Collection: Missão de Pedquisas Folclóricas was issued in 1997 as part of the Endangered Music Project, a series curated by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart featuring material from the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center (now part of the Mickey Hart Collection made available by Smithsonian Folkways).
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