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Afoxé originated in Bahia and is rooted in candomblé. Traditionally this rhythm is used during carnival ceremonies to exclude the divinity Exu (in his role as trickster) from the festivities before the onset of the parade. The rhythm has entered the repertoire of MPB, and appears in the work of Gilbert Gil, Djavan, and Caetano Veloso. ("Inside The Brazilian Rhythm Section", Sher Music Company, 2001: 100)

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