Carlos Cavallini has a Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology from the New University of Lisbon. He studied the approach of the Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) on the Se7e newspaper as well as the relationship between the Portuguese press with the label records' and spectacle’s industries. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the Faculty of Education and Social Communication of Vitoria (FAESA), Brazil. In 2005, he researched the regional music from the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo on the local press. He has continued with his studies in Ethnomusicology as a Ph.D. student at Inet-MD (New University of Lisbon) in order to widen his investigation on MPB in Portugal. In 2014, he published along with Prof. Pedro Nunes the article “Music journalism and gatekeeping: the MPB case on the Se7e weekly newspaper”.
The New MPB in Brazil, alternative music in Portugal. The MPB acronym change of meaning in the XXI century.
The thesis focuses on the discourse analysis of label record, performances and media industries about Brazilian Music in Portugal related toMPB (Brazilian Popular Music). This title is associated with the work of artists linked to the ideals of left political parties during the military dictatorship in Brazil (1964-1985). It also approaches how, over the years, MPB ended up becoming a reference in regards to "quality music », then gaining popularity specially in Portugal among other countries.
From 2009, there has been an attempt by the Brazilian press in classifying a new generation of artists who, being more influenced by the alternative music world, are treated as the New MPB. However, the same does not occur in Portugal, where the acronym is more geared towards an older audience not being connected to the alternative scene by local promoters.
The research consists of doing field work in Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo. Besides that, it also includes interviews with record editors, producers, promoters, entertainers, musicians, and critics in both countries. In addition, a content analysis of stories about Brazilian music in three Portuguese newspapers - Public, Time Out and Blitz - was also accomplished.