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  • If the Rio Olympics had a soundtrack? Samba!

    Professor Marc

    Samba is essential to Brazil’s identity. Songs in the genre make up a key part of Brazilians’ “truly remarkable” mental musical library, says Illinois history professor Marc Hertzman, whose book “Making Samba” deals with the music’s history and its connection with race.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s note: To contact Marc Hertzman, call 608-213-7059; email The full title of his book is “Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil.”