Carnival in Africa and its diaspora -- Emergence of an Afro-carnival agency -- Mae Hilda: matriarchy, Candomble, and Ile Aiye -- Aesthetics of Ile Aiye's African(ized) carnival costumes -- Masquerades of Afro-femininity, beauty, and politics -- Vovo: the man, his vision, his legacy -- Politics of Afro-carnival music -- (Un)masking the Afro-carnival organization.
Ile Aiye redefines itself within shifting political realities of the Brazilian mythic racial paradise. The globalization agenda of the tourism industry places its Africanized strategies in dialectical tension with State's funding. the discussion of 'race' is inevitable as Ile Aiye questions the economically marginalizing status of Afro-Brazilians.
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