Decoding cultural signifiers of Brazilian identity and the African diaspora from the music of Sepultura | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2052-3998
  • E-ISSN: 2052-4005



The notion of Brazilian identity, or Brazilian-ness, can be understood from the representations of identity that are encoded in Belo Horizonte’s Sepultura, Brazil’s most successful heavy metal act, now 30 years old. In this article, we consider it interesting to look not only at the music produced historically by a region but also at how the region influences and refracts itself in the production of new music. Sepultura’s distinct flavour of heavy metal offers a unique way of examining this process in the context of Brazilian identity.


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