Anthropofagia — cultural cannibalism — is a concept based on an essay published by the poet and father of Brazilian modernism, Oswald de Andrade. A passage from that “Manifesto Antropofagico” reads:
“Only cannibalism unites us. Socially. Economically. Philosophically. The unique law of the world. The masked expression of all individualism and collective movement.”
Brazilian “percussionista” Cyro Baptista has applied this philosophy to create ingenious music for more than five decades.
“Everything that comes from outside,” he says. “We eat and we digest and regurgitate and eat again and again and again. That’s what happened in Brazil, and now that’s what happened with all of us, no? Like we all eating each other. We have Facebook, the tweet — all of that is a food plate.”
Video: NPR Music