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This term came about in the 1980s as a generalizing and depreciating reference to what is regarded as "bad-taste" in Brazilian popular culture, especially music made for the poorer strata.

Though mostly unappreciated by the middle and upper classes, a kind of overstated, dramatized music similar to the Operetta form has been present in Brazilian culture since the thirties, and was widely prized for at least the next two decades as a way to sing, popularized by genres like Samba-Canção… read more

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