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Gabrielle Messeder

PhD student

Music department


PhD Title: ‘Brazilian Musical Encounters in Lebanon’

Supervisor: Dr Laudan Nooshin

Research topic

I'm researching contemporary practices of Brazilian music and dance in Lebanon. Focussing primarily on the genres of samba, bossa nova and música popular brasileira (MPB), I aim to trace their development from the bossa-influenced sound of recordings by Fairouz and Ziad Rahbani in the 1970s to the bands and blocos that perform in Lebanon today.

I'll explore the unique, ambivalent and sometimes contested space that the performance of Brazilian music by both Brazilian and non-Brazilian performers occupies in the cosmopolitan Lebanese musical milieu, and discuss how issues of cultural conservatism, exoticism and stereotyping shape the production, performance and reception of Brazilian music and dance in Lebanon today.

Research Interests

  • Transculturalism
  • Gender
  • Music and Identity
  • Exoticism
  • Intersectionality
  • Performance as Research


  • 2006 - 2009: BMus (Hons), City, University of London
  • 2011 - 2013: MA Ethnomusicology, City, University of London. Awarded Distinction