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Brega (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈbɾɛɡɐ]) is a genre of Brazilian popular music. However, its definition as a musical aesthetic has been somewhat difficult, because there is not a musical rhythm properly "brega". The term is widely used to refer to popular romantic music with dramatic exaggeration or ingenuity, usually dealing with topics such as declarations of love, infidelity and love delusions.
Historically, the greatest singers of the genre are from northeastern and northern Brazil; two of its biggest icons historically were Reginaldo Rossi and Falcão, the latter following a part of a tradition of humorous brega.
The term is also used in a pejorative way to defines what is tacky and unfashionable.
- Araújo, Samuel M. (1988). "Brega: Music and Conflict in Urban Brazil". Latin American Music Review. 9 (1): 50–89. JSTOR 779999.
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